Former Footballer Betting Scam Sham

Matt Le Tissier was known as being one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. Therefore, it was a shock to the system when he recently admitted to being part of a bungled betting scam in his autobiography, Taking the Tiss.

The former Southampton and England international footballer, a teammate and a few close friends attempted to take advantage of the spread betting system.

The game in question was a 1995 encounter between Le Tissier’s Southampton and the infamous and now non-existent Wimbledon. The spread betting system was only just becoming popular in 1995, allowing punters to bet on a wide variety of situations during a game.

The spread betting system allows you to place wagers on which player is the first to receive a yellow card, who commits the first foul, who wins the first corner kick, and other choices of type similar bets.

Le Tissier admitted to being part of the failed betting attempt by explaining in his autobiography, “Spread betting had just started to become popular. It was a new idea that allowed punters to back anything from the final score to the first throw-in. There was a lot of money to be made by exploiting it. We were safe from the threat of relegation when we went to Wimbledon on April 17 and, as it was a televised match, there was a wide range of bets available. “ 

The gang of rogues failed to win a possible £10,000, when Le Tissier misjudged the distance of his long ball pass to the sideline. “The plan was for us to kick the ball straight into touch at the start of the game and then collect 56 times our stake. Easy money,” said the former footballer.

“It was set up nicely. The ball was to be rolled back to me and I would smash it into touch. It seemed to be going like clockwork. We kicked off, the ball was tapped to me and I went to hit it out towards Neil Shipperley on the left wing. The problem was that Shipperley knew nothing about the bet and managed to reach it and even head it back into play. Suddenly it was no longer a question of winning money. We stood to lose a lot of cash if it went much longer than 75 seconds before the ball went out.”

Fortunately for Le Tissier and the boys, he managed to get the ball out of play exactly on the 70 seconds mark, meaning they neither won nor lost the bet.

The nineteen-nineties were infamous for footballers becoming involved in betting scams. Former goalkeepers Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers went through high profile court cases for match fixing allegations, although neither was convicted. Wimbledon centre forward John Fashanu was also accused of match fixing allegations during the same era.

It could be suggested that there are countless other football betting scam stories we have never heard of during the nineteen-nineties. Let’s hope this part of history is most definitely in the past.

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