LEADING sports bookmaker Alan Eskander says the AFL’s apparent new stance on tanking is a big step for the integrity of the game.
He said AFL had been ignorant in not admitting that tanking had been taking place maintaining that ”they outrageously denied tanking exists, questioning the intellect of its fans.
”Clearly what has happened over the last couple of days is a negative for the AFL’s brand, but it is a necessary step in that it forces the AFL to recognise the existence of the issue and will force them to stamp tanking out.”
Eskander said the ”grey area” surrounding tanking had put punters off betting on some games, but that there hadn’t been a suggestion of any corruption.
”In any sport you can’t have tow teams who are playing off without being 100 per cent trying to win the game. AFL action will mean that all spectators and punters will be able to watch AFL games with the confidence that both teams are trying their hardest to win, which is the fundamental base of any sport.” he said.
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