The latest SBC News 90, here’s the top stories of the day:

It is feared that betting shops and casinos across the north of England will be forced to close again, with local leaders discussing the potential new measures with the UK government. 

A new COVID lockdown could see the temporary shuttering of pubs, gyms, casinos, betting shops and other hospitality and leisure venues in the region, with no agreement yet on financial support for affected businesses. 

Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council has slammed the proposed closure of betting shops and casinos in Liverpool as ‘illogical’ and ‘economically self-defeating’.

The UK Department for Culture Media and Sport has criticised English Football League Chairman Rick Parry for his public support of changes to English football competition and reward structures.

It is reported that Manchester United and Liverpool are behind plans for a huge shake-up of the structure of the game in England and an overhaul of the Premier League, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs ready to back what is being called Project Big Picture.

The move would affect media rights, financial compensation, competition arrangements and league governance. It would also see the scrapping of parachute payments to relegated clubs with the Premier League instead distributing more than 25% of its annual income to the lower leagues. 

Parry said the plans addressed long-standing funding concerns. However, the Premier League joined the government in criticising the EFL chairman, while a number of top-tier clubs said they had not been aware of the proposals.

GVC Holdings has confirmed its approval for four separate sports betting licences for Germany.

Adhering to market conditions set by the approved transitional framework’, transitional licences have been authorised for the operator’s SportingBet, Ladbrokes, bwin and Gamebookers brands.

Germany’s ‘transitional framework’ will be officially launched on Thursday the 15th of October with all approved operators adhering to strict terms on player deposit limits, casino table-game restrictions, slot requirements and safer gambling standards.

SBC News 90: COVID threatens new UK betting shop and casino closures