AGCOM chief Angelo Marcello Cardani has confirmed to Italian Serie A clubs, they will be able to see out their sports betting sponsorship deals until July 2019.
It comes after the league reportedly sent out a letter to the Ministry of Economic Development, seeking to guarantee a one year exemption for advertising around existing sponsorship deals.
A key directive of the Lega-5Star coalition government’s ‘Dignity Decree’ on labour and social reforms, was to prohibit all gambling related sponsorships and advertising from Italian Serie A clubs, as of the beginning of 2019.
However, publishing an official opinion by AGCOM secretary Cardani, Italy’s communications agency has emphasised an agreement with Italian clubs that the Dignity Decree directives remain incomplete with regards to football advertising and sponsorship.
The scheduled full implementation of the decree has now been delayed to the culmination of the current season.
Last Friday, on the publication of AGCOM’s opinion, Serie A club SS Lazio confirmed to supporters that it would continue its sponsorship with European online bookmaker Marathonbet until the end of the season.
On the club’s website they outlined that aside from their own partnership, the extension would have an impact on the deals with Chievo, Roma and Torino, because of the length of these partnerships and when they were agreed.