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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr, 2, 2006

'Players using inside info to fleece bookies'

Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has claimed Premiership stars are flouting Football Association rules by betting on football matches.

Cascarino has alleged that players pass on information to each other with regards team selection in an attempt to gain the upper hand over bookmakers.

The 43-year-old insists players do not risk gambling on games they are personally involved in, which would break the FA's Rule 8 (a) regarding betting.

However, Cascarino believes the second part of that law is regularly infringed.

FA Rule 8 (b) states: A Participant shall not use, or provide to any other person, any information relating to football which the Participant has by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available for, or in relation to, betting.

But Cascarino tells the News of the World: 'I reckon about 50 per cent of players like a flutter on other matches.

'The anonymity of online gambling has added to the appeal for players and just after midday on a Saturday is peak time.

'It's nice to have an advantage by speaking to your mates. It doesn't guarantee you are going to win but it does give you the edge.

'Here's how it works. The players will have the team meal; their manager will name his side and then they phone their mates at other clubs and feed them the news.

'Armed with that knowledge, they get on the phone to the bookies and that's what gives the players the edge.'

The article has highlighted Bolton's 4-1 Premiership win over a weakened West Ham on March 11 as one instance when FA rules were allegedly broken, with one 'top Premiership player' reported to have wagered £200,000 on a Wanderers victory at odds of 11/10.

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