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FA looking into Terras betting patterns
By Harry Hogger

Tuesday 24th February 2009

THE FOOTBALL Association has confirmed it has launched an investigation into betting patterns following Weymouth’s 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 Weymouth’s players weren’t going to be playing so we suspended betting.

“We were lucky we caught onto it pretty quick but I’m 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 bookmakers nationwide.

Many of the club’s unpaid players are expected to complete moves away from the Wessex Stadium today after their notice period expired.

The first team squad handed in their notice two weeks ago after didn’t 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.


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