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Burnley’s betting-firm shirt sponsor not an issue for Dyche in wake of Barton ban

Date Posted,April 27, 2017

Sean Dyche insists Burnley are within their rights to have a sponsorship deal with a betting firm despite Joey Barton ’s gambling ban.

The Clarets were slammed by fans after posting a tweet advertising their shirt sponsors Dafabet just hours after Barton was hit with an 18-month suspension for breaking FA betting rules.

Barton, 34, claimed the FA punishment “effectively forces me into an early retirement” after admitting making 1,260 football bets over 10 years from 2006.

The midfielder is appealing the length of the ban, but his contract at Turf Moor expires at the end of this season and the club will not renew it.

Burnley and nine other clubs in the 20-team top flight are sponsored by betting companies (Photo: PA Wire)

No fewer than 10 Premier League clubs have shirt sponsorship deals with betting companies, while the FA has its own contract with Ladbrokes.

And Burnley boss Dyche says it is up to the football authorities to take action if they feel gambling sponsorship is going too far in football.

He said: “As long as you’re within the rules, then the whole thing has to change. It’s not for one club to do it. Was there not some noise over loan firms and shirt sponsorship? People thought it went into moral grounds because of the interest levels.

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