Former England star Matthew Le Tissier has admitted his role in an attempted betting coup while playing for Southampton 14 years ago.
Le Tissier, a cult hero with the Saints, has revealed in his new autobiography that he agreed to try to kick the ball out for an early throw-in to aid a spread bet in exchange for around £10,000. However, Le Tissier failed in his mission and his fellow conspirators had to settle for the return of their stake.
"Spread betting had just started to become popular. It was a new idea which allowed punters to back anything from the final score to the first throw-in," Le Tissier wrote in his autobiography Taking Le Tiss, quoted in the Daily Mail.
"There was a lot of money to be made by exploiting it. We were safe from the threat of relegation when we went to Wimbledon on April 17 and, as it was a televised match, there was a wide range of bets available.
"Obviously I'd never have done anything that might have affected the outcome of the match, but I couldn't see a problem with making a few quid on the time of the first throw-in.
"My team-mate had some friends with spread-betting accounts who laid some big bets for us. We stood to win well into four figures but if it went wrong we could have lost a lot of money."
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