Ruth Davidson , the former leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party will present a documentary which will investigate the relationship between football and gambling.
Davidson, a former journalist will examine how technology has shaped the gambling industry, the impact on young people, the rise in football based gambling and the current legislation which is in place to help the industry and fans.
Commenting on the upcoming documentary , Channel 4 Head of News and Current Affairs, Louisa Compton says, “With an estimated 1.2 million problem gamblers across Britain and research suggesting only a tiny proportion of these get the right help – this hard hitting investigation examines whether it’s time to fundamentally change the relationship between football and gambling.”
Davidson said “As a lifelong fan that grew up in a football household, I’ve watched as our national game has become saturated by gambling logos. From leagues to broadcasts, shirts to stadiums, gambling firms have infiltrated every nook and cranny of the game and use footy fans to push other products. I wanted to find out what potential harm this has caused – and whether we need a radical rethink to wean football off its gambling addiction.”
Nicole Kleeman, Exec Producer for Firecrest Films said, “We’re delighted to be working with Ruth, Jenni and Channel 4 on such an important film.”
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