Sheffield Steelers today made the most astonishing signing in their history- a spot-fixing cheat.
Canadian Tyler Mosienko bet against his own team, in January this year. He and others were exposed and shown the door at Esbjerg, Denmark.
The 30-year-old had joined in a plot to place bets that his own team would concede at least once in the first period of a specific game - they conceded three, ending up losing 7-4. Further “unethical” bets on other games were made by team-mates, according to Danish press.
But, in a huge irony, the whistle was blown when goalie Ervin Muštukovs - a former Sheffield Steeler - was approached to take part and alerted the authorities. Other team-mates who were not in the know, including another ex-Sheffielder Shawn Limpright, were furious.
Spot-fixing, where a specific part of a game is rigged for financial benefit, is outlawed. Mosienko was banned for five games and fined around £500. He left to play in Alaska, reportedly saying: “My life is in ruins.”
Mosienko now accepts he has to regain the trust of both fans and team-mates after a decision in Denmark he now describes as “not very intelligent.”
Today Steelers’ coach Gerad Adams said: “Tyler made a terrible choice and is facing up to what he did. He got caught trying to make a quick buck, he gave in to temptation, spot-fixing. He has got a past and it cost him a job in Europe’s top leagues. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life.
“Numerous players were involved and he was one who got caught gambling on a game. He is not trying to deny what happened, he is facing up to it. He has a point to prove and wants to get his career back on track. My view is that he showed temporary bad judgement, wants to show he is a better person and deserves a second chance.”
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*In football, Preston North End have announced that all of their players arrested earlier this year in connection with alleged spot-fixing have been released from bail.
Six of the club’s players, including captain John Welsh, were named in a number of reports as having been arrested in April as part of an investigation being conducted by the National Crime Agency.
Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, David Buchanan, Ben Davies and Graham Cummins were the others.
On Friday Preston released a statement which said: “In April of this year a number of our players were very publicly arrested in connection with a wider investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football.
“At the time, they were bailed with a date for answering bail subsequently set for Wednesday 30th July 2014.
“We have today been informed that all of our players have been released from bail and are no longer under any form of formal arrest procedure.
“There will be no further comment on this matter.”