Football

Footballers speak out on addiction

Updated 5:40 PM ET, Thu July 12, 2012
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Former Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam has claimed there was widespread spot-fixing in the English Premier League. Lundekvam told a Norwegian television channel he and fellow players would bet on minor details of games, such as when the first throw-in would be taken. Getty Images
Lars Bohinen enjoyed eight years in the Premier League and played alongside Lundekvam at international level for Norway. He told CNN there is far more addiction among top-flight players than people see. He said: "You could sense it from the way they gambled." Getty Images
Former England captain Tony Adams is one footballer who has lived with addiction. After overcoming drug and alcohol problems he founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, dedicated to helping other sportsmen and women do the same. The Professional Footballers' Association and his one-time Arsenal teammate Paul Merson are also patrons. Getty Images