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The complicated relationship between football and betting needs to be addressed, according to former Ireland international Niall Quinn.
Quinn was speaking in relation to the allegations of irregular betting patterns and match fixing made against Athlone Town.
Quinn said he hoped the foul play was not coming from the Irish side.
"The Athlone thing has to be investigated and I hope nothing has gone awry at this end anyway. It seems to be overseas money," he told the Irish Independent.
Quinn introduced Boylesports as the main shirt sponsor for Sunderland while acting as chairman in 2007. He said that while most clubs availed of a betting partner as a revenue stream, the relationship between the two industries needed to be examined. He called for more protection of players in such instances.
Referring to the 18-month ban handed out to English footballer Joey Barton, Quinn said more education needed to be provided to footballers on gambling rules.
"The powers that be in football have put their arms around the bookmakers and taken the money into the industry, there has to be some alignment with the players and with how this whole relationship should work," he said.