NSW Removes GambleAware Ad After Player's Betting Charge

New South Wales (NSW), the Australian state government, has removed a responsible gambling advertisement featuring Macarthur FC player, Kearyn Baccus, after the player has been charged for allegedly taking part in betting corruption during football matches.

NSW removes gambling awareness campaign after betting corruption charges.

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Last week three football players in the A-League, the top-flight competition in Australia, were arrested and charged with betting corruption activities during matches they played.

The players Kearyn Baccus, Ulises Dávila, and Clayton Lewis of Macarthur FC were charged with manipulating yellow cards in matches. It is alleged the players were paid $10,000 by a in South American syndicate to receive yellow cards at certain times during the games.

All three players have been immediately suspended by the A-League and by Football Australia and have been bailed by the police and await further criminal proceedings.

Macarthur FC and Sydney Swans are two clubs that have taken a strong stance against gambling in football and, in 2021, partnered with the Office of Responsible Gambling (ORG), and their games are free from gambling advertisements.

The ORG has responded to the developments by saying all content featuring the charged player has been removed from its media presence across all digital platforms.

The Office of Responsible Gambling is aware of the issue and is considering what appropriate action, if any, is to be taken under the terms of its agreement with the club.


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GambleAware NSW Facebook Advertisement

The advertisement has been shown on the GambleAware NSW Facebook page and features Kearyn Baccus. There is a caption "Kearyn Baccus from Macarthur FC shares how you can tell if you are overdoing it when it comes to betting.", and the player delivers the message that gamblers can reach out for support if their gambling activities lead to stress, anxiety, or depression.

Following these recent events, the NSW government has removed this video as it feels it is not appropriate in the circumstances.


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