Harry Redknapp reveals his players 'all had a spread bet'
Redknapp, the latest name in the 'Football for Sale' investigation.
by Harry Davies on 18th October, 2016
In yet another shocking revelation as part of The Daily Telegraph's undercover investigation, former Premier League manager, Harry Redknapp, has confessed to reporters that his players once bet on the outcome of their own game.
Redknapp was filmed by reporters discussing a match where "all the lads had a spread bet" on the scoreline. He revealed that his players, their friends and family and even the opposing team had all placed a bet on the match's outcome. One of the players allegedly told a football agent to "remortgage his house".
As Redknapp discussed the pros and cons of investing in the English game, Mr Price, a football agent asked him: “Harry, you remember when you was at [club X], [player A] called me… last game of the season against [club Y]?” Redknapp replied: “Oh yeah… at [club X] yeah.”
Mr Price said:
“[Player A from Redknapp’s team] phoned me and said remortgage your house ’cause the odds were mental, they were 5/2 at the time.”
Arguing the footage was simply edited highlights of a 3-hour conversation Redknapp pleads his innocence, with the interviews that followed claiming he was 'stitched up'.
Although, for legal reasons the clubs and players involved were not disclosed by The Daily Telegraph, Redknapp has since claimed during an interview with Talksport that the game in question was Portsmouth's final game of the 2002/03 season.
Bookies were offering long odds on Portsmouth to win. Pompey were already promoted and Redknapp was expected to field a weakened side but he did in fact play a strong side who went on to win comfortably.
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