Many sports events from all over the world are now making a comeback just a few months after they announced the cancellations and suspensions of matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that lockdowns are lifted in many countries, many leagues have already returned like the German Bundesliga in May and the English Premier League (EPL) in June.
It does seem like football is one of the most-awaited come back as many fans are more excited than ever to watch their favorite leagues back at it. This is although football matches will have to take place behind closed doors.
Fans are only left with the choice of watching football matches on TV or online and to be able to place their bets online as well. Football betting has always been popular in many countries and as these matches go live, people are simply placing their bets online. Currently, the Champions League has come back. Champions League betting in India, the UK, and other parts of Europe is surely helping the global betting market recover.
In the UK, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission or the UKGC has already reported that its local sports betting sector is already starting to recover. While sports betting hasn’t completely suffered in the last few months, it was still greatly impacted by the pandemic. Bookies didn’t have plenty of odds to offer to their customers in March and April as this was when sports events were hard to come by.
The recent data that the UKGC released regarding the gambling activities in the country is from a study they made based on 2,000 British adults. The study took place in the months of April and May. The data shows that betting activities decreased by 55 percent due to the lack of sports events.
However, when May came in, UKGC noted that the number of punters that participated in betting rose to 13 percent. It is noteworthy that the German Bundesliga returned in May and the following month, the EPL returned. There was also a 13 percent increase in the number of active punters in June.
The return of football plays a big part in helping the world recover and this is according to FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino. FIFA is in partnership with the World Health Organization to make sure that the return of football leagues won’t be harmful to many.
Infantino said, “We must do everything in our power to protect fans, players, coaches, and everyone else involved in our beautiful game,” Infantino said in a letter sent to every confederation and league. Most importantly, the football authorities must take all necessary measures to prevent the virus from spreading to the wider community.”
He added, “The world football community has shown a sense of solidarity and unity in the face of this threat. And we should continue to do the same when thinking about how we will address the consequences we will have to face for the future of our game, once this serious risk to human health is behind us.
“We all have to take this matter very seriously while, at the same time, remaining calm and assured in both our response and our decision making.
He further said, “FIFA will keep in regular contact with all relevant stakeholders during this difficult period and look to find in due course solutions in a spirit of cooperation, taking into account the interests of football at all levels.”
Based on what he said, it also appears that the return of football isn’t just a big help for the economy of countries like the UK. He said, “Health first and sporting solidarity should be the key principles guiding decision-making at this important moment in time and I am sure that the whole football community will live up to the great values of our sport.”
“Let’s also bear in mind that sport in general and football, in particular, can – and I believe will – play a big part in helping our world recover once we have, hopefully, sooner rather than later, returned to normality. Challenging circumstances offer the opportunity for people to come together, show what they can do in a collective spirit, and emerge stronger and better prepared for the future. We know that this is one of those moments.”
Many fans are happy to see their favorite sports like football to be live once again. Now that football leagues like the UEFA Champions League has returned and the next season of the EPL is already confirmed, we can only expect that betting activities will also rise not only in the UK but also in other countries.