There are some things in football that fans will never be on board with, and Southampton supporters are the latest group to experience such a thing.
Southampton FC is pleased to welcome @Unibet as its new Official Betting Partner.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 5, 2019
The Saints announced on Thursday that for they had secured a deal with Unibet to become the clubs betting sponsor for the season, a decision that was met with harsh criticism from fans as they took to social media to criticise the south coast side.
Here is what some Southampton fans had to say on Twitter regarding the sponsorship…
Shame on you and all clubs that take money from gambling companies.
— Chris Murdoch (@Chris__Murdoch) September 5, 2019
You just couldn’t help yourselves, could you? #whenthefunstopscarryon
— Chris Wragg (@chriswragg) September 5, 2019
— | LOUMUNSIGRA (@ESCLOUUK) September 5, 2019
Echo everyone else, betting is a partner we don't need. Couldn't care less how much money they give, it's because they make so much money from misery.
— Fogstallefe (@g_estall) September 5, 2019
Your Saints Foundation does wonderful work and then you go and ruin it with a betting sponsor.
— wardy102 (@wardy1021) September 5, 2019
You shouldn’t be pleased. There is absolutely no need for such a thing.
— Andrew (@angloscot4) September 5, 2019
In fact, why do we need a betting partner at all? pic.twitter.com/zjZ6Bgigrt
— claire mullins (@Claire_m75) September 5, 2019
We don't need a betting partner as betting is nothing but a cancer in football #BanBettingFootballSponsors
— Peter (@_Phoenix84) September 6, 2019
The Saints have had a mixed start to live in the Premier League this season, with the Saints sitting on four points after four games.