The Premier League has asked clubs to vote on whether to bring in a voluntary ban on gambling sponsorship on shirts before potential government action.
Half of last season’s 20 top-flight teams had betting sponsors on their shirts, with the government hoping to decide on a ban before 21 July.
The Premier League is supportive of a voluntary move where gambling sponsors are phased out within three years.
But 14 of its 20 clubs would need to vote in favour for it to be approved.
An email was sent to clubs on Monday, with a decision expected within the next week.
Last week, government sources said a final decision was yet to be made and that a ban on shirt sponsorship was still on the table.
But it is understood that a voluntary ban has been discussed and could offer a middle ground for clubs and avert any legislation on a much-debated topic.