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Ladbrokes Face 24-Hour Sanction in Belgium

by Glenn Baird - August 16, 2018

Ladbrokes have allegedly broken gambling law in Belgium, resulting in them being banned for offering any business for one day next month.

Belgian newspaper, “The Brussel Times” , have reported that the British sports betting giant have been issued a ban after they owned up to taking money from punters who had been betting on virtual sports events up to the middle of March this year. Virtual betting is exactly what it sounds like; when bets can be placed on the results of virtual competitions, something that has not been legal in Belgium since June last year.

The violation of betting law now means that Belgian companies who operate through Ladbrokes will be unable to process any bets on September the 3rd for the full 24 hours.

The Belgian gambling regulator stated that Ladbrokes had “not contested the materiality of the facts” and had sustained its implementation of virtual betting “until it was legally banned from doing so.”

Ladbrokes is a major operator in Belgium with roughly 100 sports betting shops in the country, along with several online companies who are affiliated to them. They were also the first bookmakers in Belgium to offer virtual betting.

According to , Ladbrokes have said that they are yet to hear directly from the Belgian Gambling Commission on the matter and learned about the 24-hour ban through the Belgian press. Ladbrokes responded by stating that the company “deeply regrets that such confidential information is transmitted to the press and to third parties even before it is informed.”

Ladbrokes holds the right to challenge the ban if they feel it has been unfairly imposed.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


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