Stoke City footballer confesses to huge gambling loss

Stoke City footballer confesses to huge gambling loss

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Gambling problems aren’t uncommon amongst professional sports players. There have been many reported cases; not just in the UK but the world over. Well, you can now add one more name to a sadly growing list.

In a feature for British tabloid The Daily Star, Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington revealed that he has lost over £1.5m on gambling including poker, greyhound racing and horses.

He revealed that he would regularly lose £20,000 in a week at poker while playing for West Ham United and that he had to borrow £300,000 after death threats from disgruntled gamblers.

He has since checked into rehab, specifically the Sporting Chance foundation, set up by former Arsenal captain and England international, ex-gambling addict Tony Adams.

Footballing legends Michael Owen, Tony Adams, Paul Merson, Paul Gascoigne and Peter Shilton have all admitted to gambling problems in the past.

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