Slam the match fixers says York City boss Nigel Worthington

York Press: York City  boss Nigel Worthington York City boss Nigel Worthington

YORK City manager Nigel Worthington does not feel lifetime bans from football are a strong enough punishment for anybody found guilty of breaching the game’s gambling rules.

The sport has been rocked this weekend following the arrests of Sam Sodje, Akpo Sodje and Stephen Sodje – elder relatives of former City striker Onome – along with Blackburn forward DJ Campbell, Oldham winger Cristian Montano and former Tranmere defender Ian Goodison in an investigation on spot-fixing – the practice of ensuring a pre-determined event occurs in a football match.

Worthington is upset at the possibility of players being involved in such deception and wants the relevant authorities to impose the most appropriate sanctions should any case be proven.

On the betting scandal, the City chief said: “We have heard about it in other countries but, when it’s on your own doorstep, it’s sad and not a nice thing to be dealing with.“Hopefully, the powers-that-be will deal with it in a very severe manner though and eradicate it from the game because it’s not something anybody wants to see in football.

“There is talk about life-time bans but I don’t know whether even that is strong enough.

“Perhaps that’s not for me to say but I hope that the strongest possible penalty is imposed, whatever that may be, because it is a serious offence in anybody’s eyes.

“God forbid, you could be a supporter, player or manager at one of those clubs involved and that must be devastating.”

Having been involved in football for more than four decades as a player, coach and manager, Worthington does not believe there is a widespread problem with betting in the game.

“I’ve never, ever come across anything like what’s being mentioned and I am proud to say that,” he added.

“I think that’s the case pretty much across the board and hopefully we can get back to that.”

Worthington is hopeful, meanwhile, that striker Wes Fletcher (hamstring) and goalkeeper Michael Ingham (hip) will resume training ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Burton.

Neither player has taken part in a Wigginton Road session since the 0-0 home draw with Rochdale 11 days ago but the City boss added: “Wes is coming on and should be okay to join in training tomorrow and Inghy should not be too far away either.”

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12:28pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Fat Harry says...

Certainly nothing new about match fixing in British football. The scandal of the early 1960s saw several players banned for life by the FA and jailed by the criminal courts (including one City player).

Some of the life bans were lifted on appeal and the individuals concerned were permitted to resume playing or coaching careers.
Certainly nothing new about match fixing in British football. The scandal of the early 1960s saw several players banned for life by the FA and jailed by the criminal courts (including one City player). Some of the life bans were lifted on appeal and the individuals concerned were permitted to resume playing or coaching careers. Fat Harry

1:33pm Thu 12 Dec 13

VINNIE J says...

Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.
Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved. VINNIE J

7:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

VINNIE J wrote:
Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.
Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit .
[quote][p][bold]VINNIE J[/bold] wrote: Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.[/p][/quote]Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit . bill bailey

7:55pm Thu 12 Dec 13

henleazeyorkie says...

bill bailey wrote:
VINNIE J wrote:
Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.
Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit .
Too true Bill. 1/9 latest odds on that.

Actually, there must be a market for a book on how many thumbs up we all get for our posts. I've done a pony I'll get 3
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VINNIE J[/bold] wrote: Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.[/p][/quote]Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit .[/p][/quote]Too true Bill. 1/9 latest odds on that. Actually, there must be a market for a book on how many thumbs up we all get for our posts. I've done a pony I'll get 3 henleazeyorkie

12:02am Fri 13 Dec 13

chuckabuttie says...

henleazeyorkie wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
VINNIE J wrote:
Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.
Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit .
Too true Bill. 1/9 latest odds on that.

Actually, there must be a market for a book on how many thumbs up we all get for our posts. I've done a pony I'll get 3
Well done Henleaze Yorkie. 3 thumbs it is.
[quote][p][bold]henleazeyorkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VINNIE J[/bold] wrote: Simply ban the betting on these bets and the solution will be solved.[/p][/quote]Vinnie,i have sympathy with what you say but greed is endemic in all of us and those that say its not are don't live in the real world.True the problem is here but its always been here. many years ago when Australia teams first used by the pools they forgot the time zone and results came over here using amateur short wave buffs relayed the results to this country and a guy won the top one 24 pts . We have to pay the price of having all the instruments of our every day life. The phone , we have seen how it can be used seen through the press, Betting is here to stay , And as such bent people will exploit .[/p][/quote]Too true Bill. 1/9 latest odds on that. Actually, there must be a market for a book on how many thumbs up we all get for our posts. I've done a pony I'll get 3[/p][/quote]Well done Henleaze Yorkie. 3 thumbs it is. chuckabuttie

1:05am Fri 13 Dec 13

henleazeyorkie says...

Cashed in before it dropped to 2. But seriously this is how easy and frightening it is. Can't be stopped though.

Right, odds on England wining the toss and still losing first wicket before 3rd over? Look it up, I did
Cashed in before it dropped to 2. But seriously this is how easy and frightening it is. Can't be stopped though. Right, odds on England wining the toss and still losing first wicket before 3rd over? Look it up, I did henleazeyorkie

12:08pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Zachthelad says...

DJ Campbell has released a statement through his Solicitor categorically denying all involvement in these allegations.

His Solicitor also added that he will be available for tommorows 2-2 draw with Millwall.
DJ Campbell has released a statement through his Solicitor categorically denying all involvement in these allegations. His Solicitor also added that he will be available for tommorows 2-2 draw with Millwall. Zachthelad

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