Frimpong was in the line-up for Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos, although Wilshere was out injured due to the long-term injury that kept him on the sidelines for the the entire 2011/12 season.
Wilshere tweeted at the time that the Ghanaian would be “worth a cheeky £10” to score first with the odds 150/1.
As the match wore on, Frimpong came close to scoring the opening goal with a shot that hit the side netting. Wilshere went on to post on twitter, “Frimmy nearly won me some money there!”
He later when on to say on twitter, “I didn’t actually bet on the game. I know we’re not allowed to! I was only messing just to be clear.”
Although no bet was actually placed UEFA, being the pandatic organisation they are on these small matters, have taken these matters seriously as betting you your own team is prohibited in the rules.
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A UEFA spokesman is quoted as saying by Goal.com on the matter:
We confirm that the player has received a warning by UEFA’s control and disciplinary body
The player has been warned for being in breach of the principles of integrity of matches and competitions.
The disciplinary measure was a warning.
In all honesty, it is pretty pathetic that UEFA would go to such an extent over the fake bet of cheeky tenner by a player who has no influence over the match what-so-ever and then label it as a ‘breach of the principles and integrity of matches and competitions.’
It would be ridiculous to think that Wilshere would waltz into the changing rooms before the match and ask his team-mates to tee up Frimpong for the opener. In any case, surely there are more important matters to use their time on.
What do you guys think? Pretty over the top by UEFA? Or warranted? Feel free to leave a comment below!