Sweet reveals Luton have turned down over £500,000 in sponsorship from gambling companies

Hatters chief executive Gary Sweet with Town's chief recruitment officer Mick Harford
Hatters chief executive Gary Sweet with Town's chief recruitment officer Mick Harford

Luton Town chief executive Gary Sweet has revealed to the BBC that the club has refused more than £500,000 from gambling companies since 2020 Developments took over in 2008.

With over half of the clubs in the Premier League and Championship promoting gambling firms on their shirts, Sweet admitted he had been approached to do something similar at Kenilworth Road.

However, they have turned down such shirt and stadium sponsorship offers, despite the obvious lucrative reward.

Speaking to BBC Look East, Sweet said: “We don't want to promote excessive gambling behaviour through our support base and our players.

“I don't think I'm going to be fired because I'm turning down that kind of income from our board, because together we all think and believe the same things as part of our principles.

“We don't feel comfortable with advertising or carrying a sponsorship of a gambling brand unless we are forced to do so obviously.

“Over the years we probably get an offer every year from at least one gambling firm.

“I would put it - certainly over the years of our custodianship - of well in excess of half a million pounds lost probably, at a guess, but we're very comfortable with that."