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Oisin lauds ban on TV gambling ads

A ban on betting adverts during live TV sports has been welcomed by Oisin McConville, who described the move as “a really positive step in the right direction”.

The former Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers GAA star was commenting on a deal agreed by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) – which includes a number of high profile betting firms such as Paddy Power and Ladbrokes – that will end gambling adverts being shown during live sport broadcasts.

The agreement follows political pressure about the high level of betting advertising being shown on television.

The “whistle to whistle” ban includes any game starting before the 9pm watershed but does not apply to after that time, however, horse racing is exempt from the restrictions.

Oisin McConville battled a gambling addiction for more than 12 years and now is a highly respected addiction counsellor.

He spoke of his satisfaction at the introduction of the ban and expressed hope it would extend to other aspects of sport.

“All we want is recognition that gambling is a huge problem which has a detrimental effect not just on the addict, but also their families.  

“The fact this is now happening is very positive.  Hopefully now the likes of the Premier League, which has affiliations with bookmakers and gambling sites, will also row in behind this move,” he said.