Gibraltar

Kosovo has today (Tuesday) been accepted as a member of European football’s governing body Uefa, while Fifa has been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to accept Gibraltar as a member – decisions which open the path to both nations being admitted to the qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup.

Gibraltar has declared its interest in staging the 2019 Island Games, following the decision by Menorca to withdraw as host of the multi-sport event.

Gibraltar will stage its maiden professional snooker tournament as part of World Snooker’s European Tour.

UEFA has voted to include Gibraltar as a member nation.

The Court for the Arbitration of Sport has recommended that the Gibraltar Football Association should be admitted to UEFA on a provisional basis at the organisation's next executive meeting on October 4 and 5.

The German state of Saxony banned Austrian online gaming operator bwin Interactive Entertainment from taking sports bets in Germany, according to reports.

The UK-facing online casino and poker operator, 32Red, has conditionally agreed to be the new official club sponsor of Premier League side Aston Villa.

Manchester United’s hopes of securing a £70m sponsorship deal with an online casino firm appear to have collapsed after talks ground to a halt.

It is believed that FC Barcelona are close to accepting a shirt sponsorship deal from the Gibraltar-based betting company Bet and Win.

The row between Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of English soccer giants Manchester United, and the club’s biggest shareholder appears to be finally over.

John Magnier and JP McManus have increased their stake holding in the world’s richest soccer club, Manchester United - heightening speculation of a takeover bid.

Online sports gambling company Sportingbet has relocated its business from Alderney after the island clamped down on countries taking illegal bets from US citizens.

Graham Gutteridge, chairman of the Gibraltar-registered investment company Fablon and Alternative Investment Market (AIM)-listed Non-League Media and a 60 percent shareholder in the sports marketing company the Eye Group, has had his assets frozen pending a court action to uncover alleged accounting discrepancies.

Hilton Group, the hotel and leisure company which owns the UK’s largest bookmaker Ladbrokes, said the future prospects for its betting and gaming division “remain excellent” following the scrapping of the nine percent betting duty on October 6.

Gaming Insight, the media rights and interactive gambling group has announced a five-year tie-up between Racing Network, its horse racing betting advice service, and Victor Chandler International, the Gibraltar-based bookmaker.

The UK betting industry is set to enter a golden age from tomorrow when the nine per cent tax, currently paid by all punters, is scrapped.

Power Leisure, the Irish-based bookmaker, has put additional pressure on the Irish government to further cut betting duty after announcing plans to move its online and telephone operations to the UK where the nine percent betting tax on punters will be scrapped on October 6.