FA looking into Terras betting
By Harry Hogger
Tuesday 24th February 2009
THE FOOTBALL Association has confirmed it has launched an
investigation into betting patterns following Weymouths
9-0 humbling at the hands of Rushden and Diamonds at the weekend.
Punters are believed to have netted more than £1 million
as they capitalised on news that the Terras were fielding
a youth team after senior players refused to play amid concerns
over insurance cover.
A spokesman for the FA said that it was looking into the
circumstances surrounding the bets placed on the game but
refused to comment further.
Ken Blanks, co-owner of Blanks bookmakers in Abbotsbury Road,
Weymouth said he was not surprised the FA were investigation
the extraordinary situation.
Mr Blanks said: We were given the nod on Friday night
that Weymouths players werent going to be playing
so we suspended betting.
We were lucky we caught onto it pretty quick but Im
not sure how well bookmakers in the rest of the country did.
It is normal practice to investigate things like this.
Normally the industry protects each other and word gets out
pretty quick but I am surprised about the amounts of money
they reckon was won.
£680,000 was traded on a Rushden win on the Betfair
exchange alone and hundred of thousands more was placed with
Many of the clubs unpaid players are expected to complete
moves away from the Wessex Stadium today after their notice
The first team squad handed in their notice two weeks ago
after didnt receive their wages for January and are
now officially allowed to leave the club as free agents.
Weymouth director Mark Golsby claimed that talks were ongoing
regarding a rescue package for the crisis-hit club.