Third of Scots footballers ‘admit to breaking betting rules’

scotlandSTV – Almost a third of professional footballers in Scotland have admitted breaking the rules on betting for players, a new survey has revealed.

The study revealed the extent and attitudes towards gambling in Scottish football and found that 32% of players admitted contravening strict gambling rules set out by our football governing bodies.

The report, by the world union for professional footballers, FIFpro, also revealed that one player said they had played in a game that has since been identified as fixed.

One player also admitted they had been approached in the past 12 months to fix a match but did not report the approach to the authorities.

The report also raised areas of concern and said more work has to be done in the regulation of betting in the national game.

It stated: “The relatively large number of players surveyed (32% – 27 players) who have knowingly bet against the rules is a cause for concern, especially as this may be an under-reported figure. More work needs to be done to address this issue.”

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