This week has seen the breaking story of match fixing in football.
There’s nothing new there but these allegations refer to players, such as Sam Sodje, below, who were or are currently playing on these shores.
Now although this is not to be tolerated in any shape or form the word match fixing would implore that a team were involved in the rigging of the result in matches.
These however are individuals who are involved alleged in gambling syndicates who bet on bookings and sendings off.
Sports betting has long been associated with horse and dog racing which has its own detractors, ask anyone who has seen a red-hot favourite beaten by the proverbial three-legged donkey.
Over the last few years the increase in spread and specific betting in other sports has taken a footing.
Snooker has been under the spotlight for a while and the ban imposed on Stephen Lee rocked the game but never shocked it.
Football in other countries have had their own betting scandals involving players and officials and it would be naive to believe that the temptation of money wouldn’t turn the head of those plying their trade in this country.
Weak individuals will always be open to the rich unscrupulous crime syndicates, but that’s not an excuse to tarnish the game that the football fan loves.
Anybody found guilty should be banned for life.
The second Test went much the way as the first and England find themselves trying to bale out their sinking ship with a thimble.
It’s difficult to find many positives from two heavy defeats and the fact that we have not had a centurion in either match and only one century partnership paints its own picture.
Our bowling attack looks rather toothless in comparison to the Aussies and the batters have got into the habit of playing hairy fairy shots and locating the fielders with unerring accuracy.
Although he batted well Carberry’s dropped dolly of Brad Haddin near the end of the first day was a game-changing mistake.
He, however, like all players should not be crucified for a mistake.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Has to be Roberto Martinez’s Everton after they collected four points from away games at Manchester United and Arsenal.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“ It only took me five minutes to think ‘I like this lad and I think I’m going to give him a go’.”
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan on their new manager Uwe Rosler.