Matthew Etherington: Many footballers are gambling addicts

Former West Ham and Stoke footballer Matthew Etherington has given his first TV interview about his gambling addiction - a problem which affects many big stars in the sport.

At one point during his career, Etherington was gambling away thousands of pounds a week - ending up in £1.5m of debt.

Now retired from football, he says he has received calls from agents asking him if he would speak to players with gambling problems to offer advice.

Matthew Etherington was speaking to Victoria Derbyshire - you can watch the full interview on the Victoria Derbyshire programme page.

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