Former Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam has revealed he and his team-mates were involved in betting rorts in their Premier League days.
Lundekvam – speaking in an interview in his home country Norway – revealed he placed non-result related bets on matches – such as which side would win the first throw-in – via club staffers.
The 39-year-old said it was not a one-off thing, and that he and his team-mates pursued the illegal activity for years.
“It’s not something I’m proud of,” Lundekvam said.
“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 veteran of 40 caps for his country, Lundekvam said he would have never placed a wager to influence a match’s result.
“The results were never on the agenda. That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors,” he said.
“Even though what we did, of course, was illegal, it was just a fun thing.”
A former team-mate of Lundekvam, Matthew Le Tissier has previously revealed in his autobiography, Taking Le Tiss, that he spread 10,000 pounds across multiple bet options regarding the minute mark of the first throw-in.
Le Tissier said the match in question was against Wimbledon in 1995, and he failed to profit out of the exercise.