Bet365 has urged the Dutch government to impose as few restrictions as possible when it launches a regulated market in 2021. Officials are about to conclude a consultation period before devising a framework for a new legal sports betting industry. Bet365 and other industry heavyweights like the International Betting Integrity Association have voiced concerns on proposed bet types that would be prohibited. The planned framework would significantly limit the amount of in-play bets permitted. “Unless the authorities allow operators to offer the widest possible product range, it will become increasingly difficult to capture and report on suspicious betting activity throughout the regulated market,” said Bet365. The IBIA added: “The importance of meeting the needs of modern-day consumers in a globally competitive marketplace should not be underestimated.”
Paddy Power has signed up former Chelsea, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto Jose Mourinho to front its new ad campaign. It plays on Mourinho’s nickname, The Special One, with a tagline: “Don’t think you’re special.” Paddy Power was delighted to secure his services. “We’ve worked with a genius – no-one has more brains than Stephen Hawking,” it said. “We’ve worked with sporting greats, too. Floyd Mayweather donned Paddy pants while Paul Scholes threw his own punches with us to kickstart his punditry career. And then there was Jose.” It added that Mourinho got creative and wrote some of the lines for the ad himself.
Ladbrokes has suspended betting on Kate Middleton being pregnant and giving birth to a fourth child in 2020. It comes after a body language expert said there are telltale signs that she is pregnant. “Kate did meet a lot of small children and one baby in particular recently and it wasn’t hard to describe her teeth-baring, dimple-creating smile of utter delight as she stroked the baby’s head and chatted to the children as broodiness,” said Judy James. “She also touched her belly, which is a common gesture of protection from women in the early stages of pregnancy.” Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Royal fans reckon Kate is showing early signs of a potential pregnancy. We've welcomed two royal babies into the world in as many years and punters are seemingly confident Kate will make it three in three. We’ve taken a flurry of bets across the country in shop over the last week or so following recent royal appearances from the Duchess of Cambridge.”
League One side AFC Wimbledon have suspended manager Wally Downes after the FA hit him with a misconduct charge for breaching rules on betting. It alleges that he placed eight bets on football matches between November 30, 2013 and July 12, 2019. That would put him in breach of FA Rule E8, which bans any match official, coaching staff or anyone involved with a club below step four within the Engish National League System from betting or instructing anyone to bet on the outcome of a match or any other matters related to football. “Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course,” AFC Wimbledon said. It comes after Wales backs coach Rob Howley was sent home from the World Cup in Japan for an alleged breach of World Rugby's laws covering betting and anti-corruption.