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Former Premier League Footballer Speaks out on his Gambling Addiction

by Glenn Baird - December 17, 2020

Former Newcastle and Cardiff City player, Michael Chopra has spoken up about his battle t=with gambling addiction that saw him thinking about placing bets “as soon as he left the field.”

Chopra scored 119 goals during his 16 years as a professional footballer, during which he played for 10 different clubs.

He finished his career in India, spending two years at Kerala Blasters FC, a club founded in 2014 in time for the inaugural season of the Indian Super League.

Now aged 36, Chopra chose to speak out about the problems he has had as part of GamCare’s TalkBanStop campaign.

“I never ever let anything get in the way of my football but as soon as the whistle went, my mind just suddenly changed and all of a sudden I was thinking about gambling.”

“The more money you earn, the bigger your bets become. I know it’s ridiculous, but I would sit on my own at two, three o’clock in the morning, betting on games in Brazil I’d know nothing about.”

Chopra credits his then manager, Roy Keane, for helping him work his way out of addiction during his spell at Sunderland in 2007 – 2008.

“Then I decided to speak to Roy Keane, he was brilliant,’ he added. ‘He really took his time to speak to me and took time out of training. It was Roy that really got me the help that I needed.”

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. When you’re going through a dark phase you don’t think that. If you’re struggling like I was and need support, head to”


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