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1xBet suspends UK operations following investigation

Online gambling operator 1xBet has suspended its operations on the territory of the UK after an investigation held by ‘the Sunday Times’ into improper conduct.

‘The Times’ reported last week, that the major gambling regulatory body in the country, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had launched a probe into the activities of 1xBet, which had operated in the UK under a white-label deal with platform provider FSB Tech. Currently, the UK-1xbet.com website features only a splash screen stating “this site is not currently available.” However, the company is still promoting its services on social media, including its sponsorship deals to its partners of the English Premier League (EPL).

Brittish newspaper has investigated into the global operations of 1xBet and found that it was promoting advertising on illegal websites, taking bets on under-19 athletic competitions, a casino featuring topless croupiers and cockfighting live streams which display the logos of the three EPL football clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspurs) which all have a sponsoring deals with the 1xbet. This summer, the company also became a sponsor of FC Barcelona.

UKGC responded to the media findings and confirmed it had started an investigation into these allegations. Also, the platform provider FSB Tech has already explained that British customers should not fear for the safety of their account balances but shared that its relationship with the Russian company is being reviewed.

In its response, 1xbet has denied allegations of operating irresponsibly, instead citing third party networks for the issues that have forced its UK-facing site offline. The operator has vowed to work with the UKGC to address the issue, and also revealed that it is working to secure a full gambling licence for the market.

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