Senator Jorge Kajuru has issued a statement via social media addressed to the presidents of Brazilian football clubs informing them of what has so far been decided regarding the sports betting bill. The initiative was approved last week by the Sports Commission (CEsp) and is now being processed simultaneously by the Economic Affairs Commission (CAE) before going to the Plenary.
In the document, the senator stated that it would be up to himself and Senator Angelo Coronel to provide the final report and the decisive vote for the bill and that sports betting advertising would be permitted without time restrictions in the media and jersey sponsorship would be allowed to continue as well.
“We wish nothing but good for Brazilian football, for the clubs. We hope that Brazil’s greatest passion does not lose its credibility. We are very afraid of the manipulation of football results in online gambling. We know how to discuss this issue in a democratic and honest way,” he said.
The statement comes after football clubs in Brazil spoke out against a proposal that aims to ban sports betting sponsorship in football. The teams all belonging to the Brazilian Football League (Libra) and the Liga Forte União (LFU) released a statement criticising amendment 38-U, by Senator Eduardo Girão included in the report of the Senate’s Sports Commission (CEsp).
In the revised version of the bill released last week sports betting advertising in sports arenas was banned completely as was sponsorship.