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Gambling becomes addiction number one for football stars
Published :Thursday, 10 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 6

Manchester, Sept 9: Gambling has overtaken the demon drink as the main risk for cash-rich footballers, according to former England captain Tony Adams who battled alcoholism before becoming a saviour for players fighting addiction.
Adams, who founded the Sporting Chance clinic having come through his own drink hell, told how old professionals led him to the pub after training but modern-day stars fall for huge bets and the internet.
More than 70 percent of footballers, rugby players and stars from other sports who go through Sporting Chance are in the grip of gambling, according to the Arsenal legend who has found solace as football director for Azerbaijan side Gabala.
Two footballers, a rugby league player and a boxer are currently at the clinic founded in 2000 by Adams in Hampshire, south-west of London, he said at the Soccerex convention in Manchester.
Three football managers and several coaching staff members have also joined players seeking refuge there over the past 18 months, according Sporting Chance chief executive Colin Bland.
Sporting Chance is recognised a world leader in helping athletes overcome their destructive behaviour.
But Bland said too many football coaches still do not take account of mental illness when deciding if a player is fit to compete.    AFP

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