Former Australia defender Robbie Hooker has slammed the national football federation as “hypocritical” after he was sanctioned for betting on domestic league matches when playing as an amateur in an over-35’s league.
Hooker, a former assistant coach of the Socceroos, was given a suspended AUS$1,000 (US$770) fine by Football Federation Australia (FFA) for breaching the governing body’s national code of conduct.
“Everyone knows (betting) is going on among amateurs,” Hooker told Reuters by phone on Wednesday.
“For whatever reason, when my name came up, they decided it was time to start sanctioning amateur players?
“The rules are not applied equally to everyone.
“(Betting) is in our culture. If all the grass-roots and amateur players were to cease betting, the operators would probably lose 50 percent of their revenue.”
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