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'A number of players seek support every year' - why the GAA can't ignore gambling warning signs

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The GPA have a number of initiatives to help players who suffer from gambling problems. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The GPA have a number of initiatives to help players who suffer from gambling problems. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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The GPA have a number of initiatives to help players who suffer from gambling problems. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ELITE sportspeople are more at risk of becoming addicted to gambling than other sections of the community.

But though there have been several cases in the last decade of high-profile GAA players getting into serious debt due to their gambling, there is no empirical evidence that the problem is widespread.

Nonetheless, there are warning signs.