Bookmakers lose 1m on Weymouth match - Friday 27th of February 2009

Bookmakers, who lost 1 million on the Blue Square Premier match between Weymouth and Rushden and Diamonds, admit that it is improbable that the FAs investigation into the unusual betting patterns of the match will uncover foul play.

Bookmakers took 10 times the usual bets on Friday and Saturday, all on Rushden to win. They had to pay out when Weymouths youth team were defeated 9-0 after the clubs senior players, who have not been paid this year, refused to appear because they had no medical insurance.

The FA are investigating. However, Betfair, who have a memorandum of understanding with the FA to release information on those who placed bets on their exchange, predicted that an inquiry would show only that "a good old-fashioned gamble" had been landed.

Indeed, Weymouths financial problems had been no secret, and a 14-day employment rule had been invoked by the players, and rumours began circulating that the club would be fielding a weakened side to face Rushden and Diamonds as early as Tuesday evening last week.

Most bookmakers believe therefore that it was simply a case of the general public being better informed. Tony Calvin, spokesman for Blue Square, said: "For once, the punters had the better information."

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