THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Authorities should come down hard on spot-fixing

SO WHAT can we believe? The current investigation into spot-fixing in football is troubling to say the least.

For me, and I dare say for you, the very essence of sport is competition. Be it at the highest level or even when out on your morning run. To do the best you can on any given day.

When we buy a ticket for any sporting encounter, we hope that what we're seeing is genuine. Obviously we give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who may be involved in any spot-fixing or match-fixing investigation.

If though, anyone is found guilty, then surely the authorities have to come down hard.

You see it’s us, the paying public, who are being duped. We're also being treated disrespectfully.

The thought of someone deliberately throwing a game or getting themselves booked or sent off for money, drives a stake through the heart of sport's integrity.

Like drugs in athletics, cycling or any other sport you care to mention, it cannot be allowed. There should be no fudging the issue.

The recent case of spot-fixing involving the Pakistani cricketers is an example where the authorities came down hard and jail sentences were handed out.

As fans, spectators and paying punters, we have to believe sport is genuine competition, otherwise there's no point.

It was refreshing to see Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport get involved this week.

Obviously the government are taking it seriously. So should we all.

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7:35am Thu 12 Dec 13

CraftyPig says...

It has to be a lifetime ban.
That way the risk/reward equation becomes such that it should be a no brainer.
It has to be a lifetime ban. That way the risk/reward equation becomes such that it should be a no brainer. CraftyPig

7:59am Thu 12 Dec 13

mancrobin says...

Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner.
Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner. mancrobin

9:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

old town robin says...

mancrobin wrote:
Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner.
When you say includes our former owner, I assume you mean Black, if that;s the case maybe I missed the point you are making, but what did he personally do wrong except become a very wealthy man who put his money back into football.

See one of our ex-loan players is involved, Christian Montano turning out for Oldham can't be that bad that he is alleged to have taken money to get sent off. If found guilty what a waste just for a few extra quid.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner.[/p][/quote]When you say includes our former owner, I assume you mean Black, if that;s the case maybe I missed the point you are making, but what did he personally do wrong except become a very wealthy man who put his money back into football. See one of our ex-loan players is involved, Christian Montano turning out for Oldham can't be that bad that he is alleged to have taken money to get sent off. If found guilty what a waste just for a few extra quid. old town robin

7:18pm Thu 12 Dec 13

mancrobin says...

old town robin wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner.
When you say includes our former owner, I assume you mean Black, if that;s the case maybe I missed the point you are making, but what did he personally do wrong except become a very wealthy man who put his money back into football.

See one of our ex-loan players is involved, Christian Montano turning out for Oldham can't be that bad that he is alleged to have taken money to get sent off. If found guilty what a waste just for a few extra quid.
Agree OTR, that wasn't very clear. I did mean Black and the point was that he made his fortune out of Betfair as I understand it. Betfair, like Corals, Ladbrokes etc etc are all making big profits out of spot betting.

It could be argued that the increased prevalence of spot betting has led to far more opportunities for match fixing and in so doing diminishes the quality of the product that Black was seeking to invest in.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: Agree with that Vic but also think that the bigger problem is gambling. Too many opportunists to bet on ridiculous things. The betting and Payday Loan industry have a lot to answer for. And that includes our former owner.[/p][/quote]When you say includes our former owner, I assume you mean Black, if that;s the case maybe I missed the point you are making, but what did he personally do wrong except become a very wealthy man who put his money back into football. See one of our ex-loan players is involved, Christian Montano turning out for Oldham can't be that bad that he is alleged to have taken money to get sent off. If found guilty what a waste just for a few extra quid.[/p][/quote]Agree OTR, that wasn't very clear. I did mean Black and the point was that he made his fortune out of Betfair as I understand it. Betfair, like Corals, Ladbrokes etc etc are all making big profits out of spot betting. It could be argued that the increased prevalence of spot betting has led to far more opportunities for match fixing and in so doing diminishes the quality of the product that Black was seeking to invest in. mancrobin

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