Fox FM’s Brendan Fevola called out for promoting gambling app

Staff Writer

Radio host and former AFL player Brendan Fevola has drawn criticism for his part in promoting a gambling app called Slotomania this week.

Fevola and Love Island Australia contestant Dom Thomas uploaded videos to Instagram showing how to use the app, which has been called “a gateway to gambling addiction.”

Reverend Tim Costello from the Alliance for Gambling Reform slammed the pair, particularly taking aim at Fevola given he has publicly acknowledged his own issues with gambling in the past.

“This awful game being promoted by Dom Thomas and Brendan Fevola is a gateway to gambling addiction and a very real concern with so many of us staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis,” Costello told The Daily Telegraph.

“It’s incredibly disappointing to see Brendan promoting this given his own gambling issues. He should know better and he shouldn’t want anyone else to go through what he did in losing his fortune to gambling.”

Fevola, who is a co-host on the Fifi, Fev & Byron Breakfast show on Fox FM, revealed in 2017 that he was once up over $360,000 ahead betting on horses, but lost it all over three days that followed.

“It’s an addictive thing, it’s a really bad addiction to have and it obviously cripples a lot of people’s lives,” he said at the time.

The Slotmania app mimics the sound and feel of playing the pokies, and while it is free to download users can purchase more features if they wish.

As Daily Mail notes, Fevola uploaded an Instagram story where he opened the app on his tablet and included a swipe-up link for people to directly download Slotmania.

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25 Apr 2020 - 10:11 am

Poor form this doesn’t send a good message to Fox’s young listeners.

26 Apr 2020 - 9:57 am

This is like Ash Bradnam advertising a knife set Or the CEO of virgin selling an abacus. Ridiculous.

27 Apr 2020 - 5:00 am

He should be made to do community service.

Another Chris
27 Apr 2020 - 4:55 pm

People need to understand that this wasn’t a gambling app.. its a pokie game.

You don’t have to pay money to play it – and you definitely don’t win money back. Still probably not a good look, but people calling for heads to roll probably need to calm down a bit.

29 Apr 2020 - 9:56 pm

JB is spokesman for Sportsbet currently. Triple M and every other station accepts money from gambling companies. Let’s talk about that.


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