At the peak of his addiction, Steve Ramsey was placing 500 bets on football a day.
“It was the in-play betting that did me over,” he says, shortly after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux ground on a 130-mile walk this week to highlight football’s relationship with gambling.
“I’d set my alarm for 6am and by one minute past six, I’d had my first bet on a match in New Zealand. You basically just follow the sun, so I would start by betting on matches in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and then across to America and Brazil.”
That led to Ramsey stealing over 192,000 from his employers at Warwickshire County Council over a four-year period to fund his habit. In 2017, he walked int…
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