Levy hits out at gambling probe - Wednesday 13th of December 2006

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has branded the governments plans to investigate the legality of gambling sponsorship in football ridiculous.

Sports minister Richard Caborn has confirmed that the Gambling Commission will examine whether clubs carrying the logos of gambling companies breaches advertising laws in the New Year.

Spurs are sponsored by internet gambling firm Mansion, and, along with Blackburn, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, could be affected by any ruling on the law which is in place to prevent gambling companies targeting children.

Now Levy has hit out at the government probe, claiming Spurs shirt sponsorship is no different to lottery advertising campaigns.

"I think its ridiculous. I have not received any complaints about us having Mansion on our shirts," Levy told the Daily Telegraph.

"This country freely advertises the lottery on TV and billboards. Its no different.

"We only carry their brand on our shirts, its not a website where you can go on it and bet.

"In the end, the issue they are talking about is in connection with children and to be honest with you I think its so tenuous.

"Children dont buy shirts, the parents buy the shirts and what about all the alcohol advertising you get on billboards? I just think its a nonsense.

"We will not ignore it but I have spoken to Mansion and they are not concerned about it at all."

Levy also denied that the North London club would be seeking to join the growing band of Premiership clubs attracting foreign investment.

"We have never been approached and were not looking at all to sell," Levy added.

"The reality is if someone gave us another £20-£30 million its not going to make any difference to Tottenham.

"What happened at Leeds made a lot of people realise that you had to run clubs for future generations.

"Thats why people have been interested in investing in clubs, because theyre run much better."

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