That smothering embrace – gambling, football, piegate and sporting integrity

A betting firm enticing a player into a bit of light-hearted spot-fixing to help sell papers is being given the pantomime treatment. But it’s a genuine scandal – and a signal to the FA that gambling firms are already far too deeply embedded in the game.

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Thoughts on the SFA’s proposal for a draft

Something strange happened to me this morning. I found myself at my desk applauding a national football association. And not the kind of ironic slow handclap I reserve for Greg Dyke’s boneheaded pronouncements, but genuine appreciation for a piece of terrific work. Continue reading