Spanish government lets Christmas singing children off the hook

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THE Spanish government has decided to exclude the singing children of San Ildefonso from new regulations to protect children from lottery, games and betting, allowing them to continue taking part in the traditional El Gordo and El Niño Christmas draws.

Although the legal text of a new law being drafted contains a chapter detailing how children should be protected which includes bans on advertising that could encourage them to bet, the San Ildefonso children and their part in the two national lottery draws are named specifically as exceptions.

Article 11 of the text establishes that commercial promotion of gaming activities cannot be aimed directly or indirectly at underage children.

The regulation also makes an exception for ONCE National Spanish Blind Peoples’ Organisation.

Advertising for sports bets on the radio and television will also be restricted.

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