Calls for football to get share of betting profits

A leading European football body has called on lawmakers to pass

legislation forcing betting operators to share revenues with the

sport.

A strategy council with links to UEFA wants football to get a

”fair financial return” to address its concern with ”growing

unauthorized commercial use of football competitions for betting

purposes.”

The council wants clubs and competition organizers to be

compensated for sharing their intellectual property rights with the

betting industry, saying the extra money is ”essential” to fund

grass-roots football and tackle match-fixing.

The council is chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini and

includes delegates from European clubs, leagues, players’ unions

and national federations.