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Footballer tells of Premier League fixing

11/7/2012
A former Premier League player has claimed that his teammates and opponents used to spot-fix during top flight fixtures.

Ex-Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam says players made thousands of pounds from bets on the outcomes of certain events during a match such as the first throw-in, corner or yellow card, incidents which the players in question would fix.

The Norwegian defender, who played for the Saints between 1996 and 2008, has revealed how team captains would conspire to ensure the successful outcomes of the bets – which were placed by club staff – stating that such activities were “part of the lifestyle and the excitement” of being a Premier League footballer.

“For a while we did this almost every week. We made a fair bit of money,” said the former Norway international. “We could make deals with the opposing captain about, for example, betting on the first throw, the first corner, who started with the ball, a yellow card or a penalty,”

Lundekvam insists that overall match outcomes were never fixed, stating that “results were never on the agenda” of the fixers.

“That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors,” he said. “Even though what we did, of course, was illegal, it was just a fun thing.”
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