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BBC unveils documentary ‘Paul Merson: Football, Gambling and Me’

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As an attempt to explore gambling for channels BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the BBC has revealed another documentary exploring relationship between gambling and football.

The reformed footballer, Paul Merson, will present his side of the story on the subject in a documentary tilled “Paul Merson: Football, Gambling and Me”.

In the documentary Merson talks about his journey of being a gambling addict to totally reformed person. The first person account presented by the footballer highlights the triggers that lead him to gambling.

According to Gambling Insider, Merson said: “If this film helps just one other person affected by the issue of problem gambling, it’s been worthwhile”. 

Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Science, added: “Watching England reach the finals of the Euros has been a dream come true. But, as we watch, it’s impossible to escape the constant marketing campaigns from the betting industry.  

“With fans and players at risk of being drawn into addiction, it’s the perfect time for Paul to explore the uncomfortable relationship between football and the gambling industry and ask if it needs to change.” 

The gambling based documentary was broadcasted earlier this year on Channel 4 where Former Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, presented her account.

The viewers are hoping the documentary to be a balanced one depicting all sides fairly.

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