Newcastle have ‘accepted an FA charge’ according to Sky Sports.
The club were charged last Tuesday (see below) with breaking rules regarding promoting betting.
Specifically, Newcastle United were said to have allowed their Under 18s to wear shirts showing the FUN88 betting logo, which is expressly forbidden, due to promoting gambling using/featuring children.
The club had until 6pm yesterday (Tuesday 27 March) to respond to the charge and Sky Sports are saying that they understand it was ‘accepted’.
No news yet as to what punishment, if any, Newcastle United will receive.
Sky Sports – Wednesday 28 March 2018:
Newcastle United have accepted an FA charge for their U18 side’s shirt sponsorship, Sky Sports News understands.
They were charged for featuring FUN88’s logo on shirts worn by youth team players.
The offence is in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations that state “services and related activities such as alcohol and gambling” cannot be worn by U18 teams.
China-based FUN88 replaced payday loans company Wonga as Newcastle’s shirt sponsor last summer in a deal thought to worth about £8m a year.
In May 2017, Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said the deal would “enhance our respective global profiles” over the three-year contract.
He added: “It was important for us to find the right partner and in FUN88, we have a shirt sponsor that understands the club and brings significant benefits commercially.”
The Mag – 20 March 2018:
Newcastle United are in trouble with the FA.
The governing body charging the club with breaking rules that prevent anybody promoting gambling on the shirts of their Under 18 side.
No details of which match(es) are involved but Newcastle United have been charged with their Under 18s wearing shirts with the FUN88 logo.
The FA have given them until next Tuesday to answer the charge, with a 6pm deadline.
The first team and Under 23s (reserves) are allowed to sport the gambling logo, so an oversight from somebody.
Hopefully this will just be seen as a mistake and any punishment minimal.
“Newcastle United have been charged for their Under-18s team wearing football shirts bearing the logo of a betting company, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.
“The club have until 6pm on 27 March 2018 to respond to the charge.”