One of football’s biggest sponsors, 1XBet, has produced a guide to show sports fans how to bet in countries where betting is illegal or where they don’t have a licence.
Opaque betting operator Kaiyun is the shirt sponsor of Nottingham Forest and counts Wayne Rooney as one of their brand ambassadors. Kaiyun doesn’t hold a licence to offer gambling services, and is owned by a company with connections to the criminal underworld.
Without the fans’ knowledge, Bundesliga clubs are advertising unlicensed Chinese gambling companies on international broadcasts of their matches. A Swiss company run by Sepp Blatter’s nephew is a key dealmaker.
Aston Villa FC have just signed a three-year, eight-figure sponsorship deal with BK8, a gambling operator which is licensed in the United Kingdom but carries out its activities almost exclusively in Far Eastern countries where sports gambling is illegal.