By Tom Parry 3/09/2009
He tried to kick ball out
Ex-England striker Matt Le Tissier was part of a failed Premier League betting scam.
The Southampton legend admitted he deliberately tried to kick the ball out in a 1995 match.
He had a bet there would be a throw-in within the first minute.
If his plan had worked he and a mate stood to win £10,000.
Le Tiss said he was persuaded to take part in the scam before a televised match at Wimbledon.
But it was thwarted when a player who knew nothing of the bet kept the ball in play.
In his autobiography Sky Sports pundit Le Tiss says: "The ball was tapped to me and I hit it towards Neil Shipperley.
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I tried to hit it just over his head. But with so much riding on it I didn't give it enough welly. Shipperley knew nothing about the bet and managed to head it."
Le Tiss says that for the next minute he charged around desperately trying to kick the ball out.
He adds that it was no longer a question of winning a bet but of avoiding losing a lot of money.
Eventually the ball went out on 70 seconds and the neutral time meant he'd neither won nor lost.
Le Tiss, who played nearly 450 times for Southampton, says: "Spread betting had just become popular. It allowed punters to back anything from the final score to the first throw-in.
"I'd never have done anything to affect the outcome but I couldn't see a problem with making a few quid on the time of the first throw-in. I've never tried spread-betting since."
The revelation will shock fans who see Le Tiss as a hero who saved Saints from relegation. He was on £4,000 a week