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5 Betting Scandals That Rocked The Football World

In the football world, it can be quite tempting to spend vast amounts of money betting. And, the temptation grows significantly, especially during the match and training periods.

Casinomatcher.com is a betting site that gives a vivid picture of how tempting betting odds can be. Some footballers take that their betting urges a little too far. This has resulted in big football scandals that football fans across the world will leave to remember. 

Here is a list of five high-profile cases of bribery and illegal bets that rocked the football world over the years.

Daniel Sturridge’s Misconduct

One of the biggest betting scandals that rocked the football world in 2018 was Daniel Sturridges misconduct. According to several reports, Daniel had placed a bet on manager and player transfers using a third party. The investigation centered on the involvement of a family member betting on Daniel’s move to Inter Milan. The bet placed was £10. However, Sturridge denied the charges and fully cooperated during the entire investigation.

Paul Scholes

In 2019, the Football Association charged the ex-United star Paul Scholes for misconduct as he allegedly broke betting rules. His alleged betting crime was placing 140 bets for four years until 2019, January, while still being a Salford City Co-owner. Despite none of the bets being attached to Salford, the FA rules ban betting on league pyramid football matches.

However, the betting rules aren’t entirely clear how betting company owners are supposed to bet. Because of the unclear rules, it’s not clear how Scholes prosecution will be proven guilty. The bets he placed for over four years still broke the FA rules.

Barton’s Betting Bonanza

Joey Barton is one football player who very well understands a thing or five on offenses and band. This former Manchester City Player received a suspension in 2017 from playing football for at least 18 months. This suspension came after he was found guilty of breaching betting rules.

According to several reports, Barton placed 1260 bets on the football progress of football matches. This was a direct breach of FA rules. However, these illegal bets also cost him his football career. He is now a Fleetwood manager.

Marseille’s Bribery

One of the biggest scandals to rock the football world in the late 90s was Marseille’s bribery scandal. The scandal’s controversy was centered on a match between Olympique and Valenciennes. The Olympique de Marseille team bribed three players before the game to underperform during the game.

The game ended with a 1-0 win. With this win, Marseille proceeds to the Champions League final, where they beat AC Milan. However, the truth about the bribery became known, and the title was stripped from them. The team was also banned from playing the Intercontinental Cup, European Super Cup, and Champions League.

Also, Tapie, a team member, was banned from playing professional football for life. This further plunged the team into more financial difficulties.

Malaysian Betting Syndicate

Casino bonuses can tempt even the most tame enthusiasts. Just take a look at Casinomatcher.com/Casino-bonus to see why this is the case. The last scandal on our list is the Malaysian Betting syndicate which illustrates how far syndicates are willing to go. This happened in 1995, where a match between Crystal Palace and West Ham was abandoned because of the floodlights failure. 

This was the work of a betting syndicate. Their operations ceased, and the people responsible were placed in jail for at least 18 months.

Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud

Atletico Madrid ace Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud in Spain – but the ex-Chelsea ace will pay €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud in Spain – but the Atletico Madrid ace will pay €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time.

Spanish outlet El Mundo report the Brazilian forward pleaded guilty to a tax offence amounting to €1.1m.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud in Spain – but the Atletico Madrid ace will pay €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time.

Spanish outlet El Mundo report the Brazilian forward pleaded guilty to a tax offence amounting to €1.1m.

Costa is said to have asked Atletico to pay the fee, which they refused.

However, they did give the striker an advance on his wages, meaning he could pay the fine in full.

The fee is said to be around €500,000 (£450,000).

Costa was called to testify in June last year, acknowledging the charges put against him.

The 31-year-old was spotted arriving in court today for a short period of time, donning a protective face mask.

An Atletico spokesman said on Wednesday: “Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn.

“This week it is expected that agreement will be ratified in court, as is mandatory.”

Costa’s Chelsea stint ended in tears after a public fallout with Antonio Conte.

Reflecting on his time working with Conte at Stamford Bridge, Costa told ESPN : “[Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager.

“I have no hard feelings towards Conte, but to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a team like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season.”

Premier League rule change over substitutes confirmed

Everton and Liverpool will be back in Premier League action this month and key rules have changed

The Premier League have confirmed that the return of football will see teams permitted the use of five substitutions per game.

Top flight teams will now be able to select a total of nine subs on the bench as they gear up for the return to action in two weeks’ time.

Talks between all 20 clubs continued via video link on Thursday with discussions of subs part of the day’s agenda.

The Premier League have been studying events in the Bundesliga closely following the return of football in Germany last month where teams are now able to use five subs for the remainder of the season.

With injury rates likely to increase and teams having a busy fixture list over the next few weeks, clubs have been allowed to use an extra two substitutions in an effort to minimise the risk.

A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.

“For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.

“This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.

“Shareholders also approved for Clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.”

The Premier League are yet to confirm the TV scheduling for the remaining 92 games of the campaign as fans get set for a feast of football that will see every match televised.

Sky Sports will show 64 of those games with rival broadcaster BT Sport televising 20.

Amazon, who debuted their coverage back in December, will screen four on their Prime service with the BBC also set to cover a quartet of live Premier League fixtures for the first time in the competition’s 28-year history.

The first game back for both Everton and Liverpool will see the Reds visit Goodison Park for the 236th Merseyside derby.

As things stand, the game will go ahead on Merseyside on June 20, but the venue for the game is still under consideration.

Real Madrid Reject Chance To Sign Premier League Star On Free Transfer

Real Madrid reportedly have rejected the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer ahead of the summer window.

Willian’s contract at Chelsea is due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season and it is understood that he may be ready to leave Stamford Bridge, having played for the Blues for seven years now.

While Real boss Zinedine Zidane is an admirer of Willian, he does not think the Spanish giants should go after the Brazilian versatile player, as reported by Daily Mirror.

In another news, the 31-year-old forward’s agent, Kia Joorabchian has insisted that his client’s top priority currently is to stay at Chelsea and if Willian does leave Stamford Bridge, he would like to switch to another Premier League team instead of a new league altogether.

While the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with the player ahead of the upcoming transfer market, the clubs could struggle to sign him amid the ongoing financial crisis that emerged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Willian wanted to sign a three-year contract to achieve things he wanted to achieve over the next three years, and see where his career takes him from there. Chelsea’s policy [for players over 30] only allows two [years], so that’s where the stumbling block was.

At the moment he is a Chelsea player and has a contract with Chelsea until the season is over, so it is disrespectful to talk about him moving to other clubs,” Joorabchian recently told Sky Sports in an interview.

Having kickstarted his club career at a Brazilian club, Corinthians, Willian moved to Ukraine followed by Russia before finally landing in the Premier League when Chelsea signed him ahead of the 2013-14 season for a fee of $37 million.

Willian has played over 300 games for the London-based side, across tournaments, and has scored 59 goals. He won five trophies with Chelsea so far including two Premier League titles.

Man Utd’s Pogba supports Matuidi by training in Juve shirt

Victor Lindelof and Paul Pogba wore club shirts of international team-mates that have tested positive for coronavirus.

Paul Pogba was back wearing a Juventus shirt on Wednesday, but with good reason.

The Manchester United midfielder’s long-term future appears uncertain, with his former club Juve one of the teams heavily linked with the World Cup winner should he depart Old Trafford.

Pogba spent four seasons with the Serie A champions between 2012 and 2016 before returning to United for what was a world-record fee at the time.

In a video uploaded to his Instagram account on Wednesday, Pogba was seen training at home wearing a Juve shirt with Blaise Matuidi’s name and number on the back.

However, the Frenchman explained that he and United team-mate Victor Lindelof – who was spotted in Albin Ekdal’s Sampdoria jersey – were simply supporting their international team-mates after both Serie A players tested positive for coronavirus.

“New training camp is called… Quarantine PP Arena, open 24/7!” Pogba wrote on Instagram.

“Having fun working at home with my brother @victorlindelof.

“Supporting our friends @blaisematuidiofficiel and @albinekdal and all athletes and people around the world!

“Be strong, #StayAtHome and be safe!

“(I know the cheeky ones will talk about the Juventus jersey [but] I’m just supporting my friends … that’s all, nothing more).”

Matuidi replied to Pogba’s post by saying: “Thank you my brother this touched me love u.

“And glad to see you touch the ball.”

Pogba has not played for United since December 26 having undergone surgery on a right ankle injury in January.

He was due to return to team training on Tuesday but United cancelled their session after the United Kingdom government urged citizens to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact.

 

Coronavirus: Germany national team donate €2.5m

With the world fighting a coronavirus outbreak, the Germany national team have made a hefty donation to the cause.

The Germany national team have made a €2.5million donation to help fight the coronavirus pandemic and its effects.

Germany is one of the many countries suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, with World Health Organization figures showing over 7,000 cases and 13 deaths in the country as of Wednesday.

In a statement from Die Mannschaft, which doubled as a rallying call for all to provide help where possible, the team also praised the efforts of those who have already done their bit for the cause.

“The world of football has come to a stop – people’s health and tackling this virus is without question the number one priority right now,” read a statement.

“We realise that for so many of you, things have not come to a stop and must keep going.

“We have all seen the effort and the commitment that you have shown, how you have supported and helped one another – in hospitals, nursing homes, in supermarkets and in your community, from one neighbour to another. It’s inspiring!

“This showing of solidarity has never been more important, and we as a team want to do our bit to help.

“That is why we have decided to donate 2.5 million euros to the cause to help out immediately.

“Every kind act and offer of help counts. It’s up to all of us to make a difference. Stay health and look after each other and yourselves.”