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David Jones gets set to talk addictions on Thursday's FF Show

David Jones - David Jones Posted 24th April 2013 view comments

Did you hear the one about the centre-forward who turned up drunk for a cup match and ended up playing not just 90 minutes but extra time as well?

Or what about the player who, bored one afternoon, punted £100,000 on a horse, that lost, only to throw the same wager on the next race to win his money back?

Two shocking stories, but certainly not isolated in a game in which drinking and gambling are just two of the vices most associated with the modern day footballer.

Matteo: the former Liverpool defender will discuss his addiction to gambling

Matteo: the former Liverpool defender will discuss his addiction to gambling

The problem comes when these vices become addictions; drawing in their victims to consume every facet of their lives.

Drink, drugs, gambling, sex, smoking; in some way a staggering two million people in the UK are addicts so this is not a football problem.

Football's problem is knowing how to deal with addicts within their midst.

The problem comes when these vices become addictions; drawing in their victims to consume every facet of their lives.

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That's why Tony Adams set up his Sporting Chance clinic over a decade ago to offer a recovery facility for athletes, the first of its kind.

And that's why the clinic now draws funding from most of football's governing bodies as they recognise the value of its work and its role within our game.

Precipice

This week on The Footballers' Football Show we address the addicts.

Dominic Matteo blew £1m on his gambling habit but had the willpower to pull away from the precipice when his daughter came into the world.

Christian Roberts was not so lucky, tough; the former Bristol City, Cardiff and Swindon striker's alcohol addiction cost him his career, a chance of international football and almost his life.

Luckily for him he found a manager who was willing to help, and directed him towards the Sporting Chance clinic which brought him back from the edge.

Christian has pieced his life back together and is keen now to share his story with others to warn of the dangers lurking at the bottom of the bottle.

Also joining us this week is Colin Bland from Sporting Chance, whose fantastic work continues to help athletes back on their feet.

Watch The Footballers' Football Show, 11pm, Thursday, Sky Sports 1 HD.

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