Claus Lundekvam reveals betting scandal

Former Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam has shockingly revealed details of a Premier League betting scandal.

The Norwegian defender played for the Saints between 1996 and 2008, and has blown the lid on a frequent betting scandal, in which players co-operated with other teams and money was made for the individuals in question.

“It’s not something I’m proud of,” Lundekvam revealed to The Sun.

“For a while we did this almost every week. We made a fair bit of money. 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.

“Those were the sorts of thing we had influence over.

“The results were never on the agenda. That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors. Even though what we did, of course, was illegal, it was just a fun thing.

“I know it happened at other clubs as well.

“We footballers live in a bubble. It was part of the lifestyle and the excitement. Whatever we could bet on, we bet on,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight