Fears over match fixing in Scottish football

TAGs: Association of British Bookmakers, hearts, match-fixing, motherwell, Scotland, Soccer

match-fixing-steven-jenningsWhen it comes to scousers it almost feels like people from anywhere apart from Merseyside have to make the age-old joke about car stereos, and the fact that every house in the area is full of them. Whether it is a Mercedes or a Skoda, you can be sure that a second hand stereo can be found for your car. Now that the plentiful supply of car stereos is running out almost as quickly as the earth’s coal reserves, they’ve had to turn to other ventures.

This is where the betting industry comes in. As an industry, it seems to present sports people an offer they can’t refuse of loads of money, which is then snatched away from then before they’ve seen a penny. That my friends is why reputable sports people don’t gamble on their own performance.

Steve Jennings of Motherwell was sent off late on in his side’s defeat by Hearts on Tuesday evening but the Association of British Bookmakers are investigating after several accounts were specifically opened to place bets on this event.

A statement released by the Scottish Football Association reads: “We are aware of alleged betting irregularities surrounding a sending-off incident.

“At this stage, we are not in possession of the facts regarding the allegations and are waiting for further information from the Scottish Premier League in due course.”

Liverpool comes into it as it’s Jennings’ hometown and where one punter earned £5000 for placing £500 when the odds of the event happening were 10/1. Jennings has pleaded his innocence but it again shows the stupidity that exists in elite sport.


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