Sports betting: authorities try to put pressure on bookmakers for the World Cup

Two weeks before the kick-off of the Football World Cup in Qatar, on November 7, the National Gaming Authority (ANJ) had four charters signed by authorized sports betting sites in France as well as television channels. and radio stations that will broadcast the matches. The goal ? “de-intensify” the advertising pressure exerted by these bookmakers during Euro Football 2021, in the words of the ANJ, which rejoices. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, its president, thus specifies to “Obs”:

This was indeed our objective when we published our recommendations in February 2022: to mobilize the ecosystem. By signing these charters, all the players assume their responsibilities. »“I had sweaty hands, which were shaking”: online sports betting, a dangerous game

In France, 6% of gambling enthusiasts have problematic practices, according to a survey by the Observatoire des Jeux en 2019. Will these charters be enough to fight against this public health problem in the midst of world football competition, the most wagered sport on these platforms? The signatures affixed today do not legally bind the sports betting sites which, already, do not always respect the law in terms of claims. Indeed, a 2019 decree prohibits misleading advertising, for example making people believe that it is possible to get rich by betting.

An essential step forward even if too timid

Concretely, by signing these charters, the sites of

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