Joey Barton is currently serving an 18 month ban for placing 1,260 bets on football matches over a seven year period.
The ban has effectively ended the former Newcastle and England (one cap!) midfielder’s career.
Whilst he did, relatively, hold his hands up and accept his punishment at first, since the decision he has made a number of ‘not fair’ comments.
The latest has seen Joey Barton use the ‘well everybody else was doing it’ defence.
Barton claiming that other players might not have been betting so regularly but were gambling far higher amounts.
The banned player also claims ‘I didn’t think I was doing anything illegal’.
However, that is a little hard to believe with the amount of publicity surrounding other players found out to be breaking football’s gambling rules.
Even more so when some of the bets saw Joey Barton backing AGAINST Newcastle, when he was getting paid by the club.
Joey Barton speaking to the Sunday Times:
“One thing footballers have in common is they love betting, because they’re competitors.
“I was an outlier on volume but there’ll be outliers on wagers staked.
“I have been in dressing rooms with players, where they’ve a hundred grand staked on mad stuff. On one bet. Scary. A lot bet massive figures.
“I have seen players who have played in World Cups go out on the pitch and not get anywhere near as much of a buzz from that, or scoring goals, as from betting on the horses.
“There are many ways to beat the system. I didn’t think I was doing anything illegal. We all know things that are bad for us yet we still do them.
“From my perspective, it wasn’t fixing and I was only doing what lots of others around me in dressing rooms were doing and openly discussed.”