UK ASA Clamp Down On LeoVegas And Coral

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jul 28, 2017

Advertising breached CAP Codes

UK-licensed gambling operators LeoVegas and Coral have been sanctioned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week.

A TV Ad for Coral, which flighted in April, featured several clips of footballers playing football. The voice-over said: “The beautiful game you can watch it or you can get involved in it with the latest Coral action. So are you a spectator or are you a player? You decide. Coral. Get in on the action.”

The ad received two complaints which challenged whether it was implied that only gamblers were ‘true’ players and that gambling was better than sport.

The ASA upheld the complaints saying the overall tone implied that gambling was more exciting than being a spectator or playing the game further ruling that as the ad breached CAP Codes it may not be shown in its current form again.

In the second gambling sector related case, a Twitter post from LeoVegas Gaming Ltd’s King Casinos UK, tweeted in December 2016 through January 2017, said:  “It still hasn’t been fixed!” The tweet included a link which said “Big wins for Brits after online casino’s glitch.”

Two complainants took issue with the tweet challenging whether the operator was deliberately misleading consumers while the ASA itself took issue with the ad not making clear its commercial intent.

All issues were upheld and indeed breached CAP codes, the advertising watchdog ruled.  The company was told that the promotion may also not appear in its current form again.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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