SportingBet attack UK government

Online gambling company SportingBet have launched a scathing attack on the British government as it is forced to relocate its core betting and gambling operations from the UK to the Channel Islands.

The move has resulted in a relocation charge of more than £10 million for the company and has left chief executive Andy McIver with a bitter taste in his mouth.

"We have computer systems that need to be updated. If we don't meet their [the new Gambling Commission] requirements by September we will be committing a criminal offence. The problem is we don't know what the requirements are,” McIver said.

"We don't want to leave this country - we never did - but we feel we have no choice. You only have to look at the way the super casino issue was handled."

McIver went on to call the Gambling Commission “a bunch of civil servants in Birmingham” and describe its organisation as an “amateur night”.

SportingBet were granted a full licence in the Channel Islands by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and will create approximately 70 new jobs in the relocation.

Meanwhile, SportingBet have confirmed that they are still in talks with online bookmaker Bwin about the possibility of a takeover from the Austrian-based gaming company. However, complicated legal issues arising from the US crackdown on internet gambling and the arrest of its chairman Peter Dicks last year have put a halt to their progress.

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