Spain Introduces Betting Ban on Sports Events Involving Underage Players

Spain Introduces-Betting Ban on Sports Events Involving Underage Players

Posted at: 26 Jully 2019

On Monday (July 22nd, 2019), Spanish gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) published a resolution in the Official State Gazzete to inform punters that they are no longer allowed to place wagers on sports events involving minors. Likewise, licensed bookmakers in Spain are prohibited from accepting wagers on sports events with underage participants. The prohibition came into force on July 23rd, 2019.

According to DGOJ representatives, the ban was born out of necessity to protect the vulnerable part of the population and establish “clear separation” between minors and the gambling industry.
The other reason DGOJ pointed was its desire to ensure the healthy participation of kids in sports events and avoidance of situations where a kid is told what to do to contribute to the loss of the team and ensure a winning result for the bettor.

DGOJ explained that “This measure will help eliminate the possibility of competitions being manipulated through the perversion of sportsmen whose sporting and personal maturity has not yet been completed and, therefore, more susceptible to being influenced”

Spanish authorities have recently addressed some critical industry issues. The ban in question comes shortly after the announcement that a National Commission would be appointed to curb the fraud in betting. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the Government should take actions against the rapid spread of gambling and emphasised that gambling is particularly dangerous for that part of the population with the lowest living standard.  Sánchez added that the government “must act with rigor to prevent [problem gambling] and to foment definitively a healthy alternate leisure.”