‘Rooney deal adds to football’s moral issue with gambling’

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Wayne Rooney was unveiled at a Derby County news conference on TuesdayA betting firm’s involvement in Wayne Rooney’s move to Derby County adds to the “ethical issue” football has with gambling, says football finance expert Dr Dan Plumley.The Rams have said that, “on the back of” the former England captain joining, they have secured “a record-breaking sponsorship” deal with their shirt sponsor, online casino 32Red.The 33-year-old, who is set to join the Rams in January, will also wear squad number 32 on the back of his shirt.”There is a big moral issue with gambling at the minute,” said Plumley.”This is no coincidence. And it is right to be pointed out.”Plumley, a senior lecturer in sport business management at Sheffield Hallam University, told BBC Sport that football’s reliance on betting companies as sponsors is “one of the big issues” the game faces.”The ethical issues, especially with the wider societal problems with gambling, has led to a lot of talk about it,” he said.”What clubs will come back and say is that this is a business and they need a sponsor for that business.”There are a lot of providers in the gambling market and, if they are the best sponsorship package on the table, is it the club’s responsibility to really turn that down?”It is an issue that is on everyone’s agenda. People want to see money put back

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