Betting suspended on AFL opener

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    A number of Australian bookmakers have suspended betting on the opening match of the AFL season between Adelaide and Essendon.

    The Bombers are currently under investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) after earlier this week admitting to concerns over the use of supplements at the club.

    That was followed by the release of the Australian Crime Commission report into drugs in sport in Australia on Thursday which described widespread doping and links to organised crime.

    The Crows host Essendon at AAMI Stadium in Adelaide on March 22 to kick off the 2013 premiership season and on Friday morning, some online bookmakers had removed the fixture from their websites or noted betting was suspended.

    Sportsbet.com.au had removed the Adelaide-Essendon game from its website while Essendon were the only club out of the 18 teams to be taken out of its futures betting markets predicting which sides will make the top four, top eight, win the minor premiership and take the wooden spoon.

    Sportingbet had also stripped the Adelaide-Essendon game from its website and Tattsbet had suspended futures betting.

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    The Crowd Says (3)

    • February 8th 2013 @ 12:38pm
      checkside said | February 8th 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

      You gotta be on drugs to put money on Essendon!

    • February 8th 2013 @ 2:22pm
      vocans said | February 8th 2013 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

      If we let the cheats have their head, the punters and the bookies won’t have a bar of it, and we might get our game back.

    • February 8th 2013 @ 4:29pm
      Jack said | February 8th 2013 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

      Who cares what the Bookies are doing? They are parasites on the game. Football doesn’t exist to provide a means for these companies to make money. Cheat as much as you like. If the supporters don’t like the game it will go broke. Let the market rule.

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