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KEITH GILLESPIE: I lost £47,000 in one afternoon and £15,000 the next day... football's relationship with betting has always been unhealthy and the FA must reconsider deal with Bet365 There has always been a massive problem in football with gambling Back in 1995, I lost £47,000 in one afternoon just betting over the phone  I should have realised... I didn't learn my lesson and I lost £15,000 the next day Gambling can lead to debt which can lead to mental health issues and suicide It's an issue and the FA's connection with Bet365 perpetuates it without a doubt 

By Keith Gillespie For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 23:10 GMT, 8 January 2020

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There were many moments over the years when I knew I needed to stop.

In 1995, I lost £47,000 in one afternoon just betting over the phone. I should have realised back then. I didn't learn my lesson and I lost £15,000 the next day.

It doesn't mean anything that I was a footballer, if you have an addictive personality it can happen to anybody.

Football and gambling has always had an unhealthy relationship... I once lost £47,000 in a day

Football and gambling has always had an unhealthy relationship... I once lost £47,000 in a day

The relationship between football and betting, without a doubt, is unhealthy. When you watch a match on TV, at half-time the first advert you see is Ray Winstone saying such and such a player is this price to score the first goal in the second half. It's always in your face.

Ever since online betting became available, it's been too easy to make a bet.

It wasn't so bad in my day because you went to the bookies with £500, lost it and walked out. You couldn't do anything else.

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