MFC has announced a partnership with GAMSTOP, the free, independent service that allows consumers to exclude themselves from gambling websites.

GAMSTOP provides a simple, secure one-stop solution for anyone who wants to take a break from gambling.

All British online operators are registered with GAMSTOP as a condition of their Gambling Commission license, which means it will cover the entire British market for the first time.

Consumers who register with GAMSTOP can choose to exclude themselves from every gambling site for a minimum period of six months, one year or five years. They cannot then remove themselves from the scheme until their self-exclusion period has expired, and if they do not contact GAMSTOP, their registration is automatically rolled over for up to seven years.

The partnership represents the latest step in Boro’s commitment to safer gambling, after Boro were the first club in the UK to support Responsible Gambling Week.

The partnership will entail raising awareness of the tool across the club website and social channels, to ensure that anybody who might need the tool knows how to access it.

More than 130,000 people have already registered with GAMSTOP, which also works closely with gambling charities. Anyone who contacts the service, either through the website or by calling the helpline, is referred to specialist advisors if they need additional help and support with their gambling issues.

The club shirt bears the name of gambling firm 32Red who form part of the Kindred Group, and UK general manager Neil Banbury said: "Football has a unique cut through with adult audiences, and as such partnerships like this between GAMSTOP and Middlesbrough are important. By developing this relationship, it provides a fantastic avenue for promoting healthier gambling behaviour and advocating for control."

Fiona Palmer, chief executive of GAMSTOP, said: “Working with Middlesbrough will be a huge benefit in helping us to reach the consumers who most need to be aware of the GAMSTOP self-exclusion tool. We are concerned that, at a time when so many people are being forced to stay at home during the coronavirus, vulnerable consumers who may have an issue with their gambling might be tempted to spend money they do not have on online gambling.

“This partnership with Middlesbrough will educate more people about GAMSTOP’s important work and help to provide greater protection to consumers.”

To begin the process of self-excluding from online gambling sites in the UK, please visit the GAMSTOP website.