by Renee Israel
Arsenal player, Jack Wilshere, has been warned by football authorities about
a tweet he made in December last year which implied that he may have been
involved in betting on the sport.
The midfielder, who is considered one of the brightest players in European
football, posted the message urging followers to bet on his teammate, Emanuel
Frimpong to score the first goal against their rivals, the Greek Olympiakos
during a Champions League match, saying that he was "worth a cheeky £10."
Frimpong went on to narrowly miss scoring a goal, to which Wilshere tweeted:
"Frimmy nearly won me some money there!"
Wilshere Didn't Actually Bet on Game
Later on, the 20 year old Wilshere said that he had only been joking when he
took his viewers to the social networking platform Twitter.
"I didn't actually bet on the game," he tweeted. "I know we're not allowed
to! I was only messing!"
Nevertheless, in May this year, the disciplinary panel for UEFA decided to
officially warn Wilshere about his tweets and reminded him that professional
players are barred from betting on soccer.
"The player has been warned for breach of the principles of integrity in
matches and competition," said a spokesperson for UEFA.
UEFA Betting Warning Criticised
Blogs and sites dedicated to football were buzzing with the news of the
official warning regarding football betting, many of them critical that UEFA
felt the need to even investigate the matter in the first place.
As one blogger wrote about the Arsenal player betting warning:
"Somehow UEFA felt that this required a seven month long investigation (!) and a
statement released today said they had written to Wilshere to warn him and
remind him of his responsibilities, 'The player has been warned for being in
breach of the principles of integrity of matches and competitions. The
disciplinary measure was a warning.' The mind boggles as to how this inquiry
took 7 months but at least UEFA are putting time and resources into the real
The talented Wilshere has always played above his age for the English
national team. When he was just 15, he was named in the squad for the 2009 UEFA
Under-17 Football Championship.
In 2010, he was called for the senior squad for the first time, making him
the 10th youngest player ever to play for the national team. Last year, he made
his full debut before an injury left him on the bench for the most of the