Earlier in the month some revelations about former Southampton and Norway defender Claus Lundekvam arose. Talking candidly about falling into drink and drugs following his retirement in 2008, Lundekvam painted a grim picture. He even told anecdotes about walking into the road and holding a gun.
The crutches, he said, compensated for depression. Now he has decided to help raise awareness of such issues.
However, the former Norway captain has now also spoken out about spot fixing scams that took place whilst he played for Southampton in the English Premier League.
According to the tall stopper, players would often place bets on incidents, like who would take the first throw in, through members of staff and then collude with opposition captains to ensure such incidents took place.
In his autobiography Taking Le Tiss, Southampton favorite Matt Le Tissier revealed that he and Lundekvam were part of a failed betting scam that was worth £10,000. The incident, involving the now defunct Wimbledon FC, was a bust, but Le Tissier has since said that this was his only attempted foray into the murky world of illegal gambling.
The Norwegian made it clear that, “For a while we did this almost every week. We made a fair bit of money. The results were never on the agenda. That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors.”
Now his claims are being taken very seriously. The world’s governing body today stated that “FIFA is monitoring this issue and involved its chief investigator in England. Once all information is known it will be decided who is leading the investigations.”
This could become a much bigger issue, and one which could see severe punishments handed out. Particularly after the recent high-profile spot fixing scandal in cricket, the FA and FIFA could beat back.
On top of this revelation, the game in England is already being looked at with disdain as John Terry’s trial for a ‘racially aggravated offence’ draws towards a Friday conclusion.