Gambling in the Premier League
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Gambling problems can appear among common people and celebrities - unfortunately, not even football players are an exception.
Icelandic forward Eidur Gudjohnsen had a long and fruitful career, playing at teams like Barcelona, Monaco, Stoke City, and Chelsea. Unfortunately, his time at Chelsea was not his best, especially after an injury sidelined him for five months in 2003. Being bored and lonely, Gudjohnsen turned to gambling - in the months he spent away from the sport he reportedly lost £400,000. He recovered, he returned to the field, and vowed not to set foot in a casino ever again.
Dietmar Hamann spent seven of his best years at Liverpool, between 1999 and 2006. Outside the field, though, his life was not that "healthy or sustainable", though, thanks in part to his gambling problem. Hamann revealed that issues in his personal life have turned him toward gambling, and his gambling habit turned into addiction.
According to his autobiography, he once lost over £288,000 on a single cricket match. “Every wicket felt like a stab in the heart. By the end of the night I felt like I’d been scalped,” he wrote. “The next day, when I looked at the mess that was me in the mirror, I said ‘Didi, things have got to change’.”
Michael Chopra, a Newcastle native, played at several Premier League teams since his early years. He also started gambling at an early age, as he revealed to a court in 2013. According to his own words, he was gambling since he was 17, often wagering up to £30,000 with his teammates, on the team bus, on their way to matches. Later in his career, Chopra amassed major debts thanks to his gambling habit, being threatened by loan sharks at one time. He even told the press that he joined Sunderland especially for the sizable signing-on fee, that helped him pay off some of his debts.