AFC Bournemouth are set to play their nine remaining Premier League games this season without a shirt sponsor after ending their partnership with Asian bookmaker M88, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.
The deal, which was worth a reported UK£5 million (US$6.1 million) a year, expired on 31st May and the Cherries have opted not to prolong the arrangement until the end of the restructured 2019/20 campaign, which gets back underway on 17th June.
According to the Athletic, Bournemouth chose not to extend the partnership after the UK Gambling Commission opened an investigation into M88.
A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission told the Athletic that the regulator is "currently looking at various aspects" of the online betting company's "model and operations".
Confirming the end of the deal in a statement issued on 29th May, Bournemouth said: 'AFC Bournemouth can confirm that its partnership with M88 will end on Sunday [31st May].
'The club will therefore complete the 2019/20 campaign in new training wear and playing kits.'
Bournemouth first signed a two-year deal with M88 ahead of the 2017/18 season before prolonging the relationship for the current campaign.