Garner: Spot fixing probe is the 'tip of the iceberg'

This Is Lancashire: DJ Campbell is at the centre of football's spot-fix probe DJ Campbell is at the centre of football's spot-fix probe

BLACKBURN Rovers legend Simon Garner believes DJ Campbell’s arrest for spot fixing could be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of match fixing allegations in football.

And Garner, pictured left, who watched a Rovers side including Campbell draw 0-0 at QPR on Saturday, blasted the 32-year-old striker saying he he should be banned for life should the accusations prove to be true.

“I hope that he is innocent but if he is guilty of doing it he is a very silly lad and his career is finished,” said Garner.

“If any player is found guilty of match fixing they should be banned for life.

“It’s defenceless.

“This could be the tip of the iceberg in football.

“You have to wonder whether there are many more cases.”

Garner added that Campbell’s Rovers team-mates would be disappointed at the allegations against the former QPR man..

Garner added: “When I first heard the news I was very surprised.

“I wouldn’t expect DJ Campbell to be involved with something like that, because of the money he earns and the moves he has had in his career.

“I feel for the fans. I feel for the club as a whole.

“If he is proven guilty he has let the manager down and he has let his team-mates and fans down, and that’s inexcusable.

“If I was his team-mate I’d be angry with him.”

Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few months and the Campbell scandal has rocked what was appearing to be a more stable ship according to Garner.

He added: “It’s something the club didn’t need.

“I was at QPR on Saturday and it looked like things were settling down a bit with the team itself. They did alright at QPR.”

And Garner added that he also had sympathy for Rovers boss Gary Bowyer.

“Gary Bowyer has got enough on his plate getting the side out of the Championship,” added former striker Garner.

Rovers are at home to Millwall on Saturday.

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8:41am Tue 10 Dec 13

bburnrover says...

Well no wonder GB wonders what happened at Ipswich a match we expected to do well in.
Well no wonder GB wonders what happened at Ipswich a match we expected to do well in. bburnrover

9:16am Tue 10 Dec 13

OnePostThenTheOther says...

Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months)

Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend?
Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months) Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend? OnePostThenTheOther

9:33am Tue 10 Dec 13

Blolburn Roflers says...

Hi Simon

I just want to ask you a question, and lean on your knowledge of the backroom goings on at Rovers.

Basically, I want to know if the sleaze washes right off with a normal shower, or are the players given something special like Babies Tears to help?

Thanks Simon
Hi Simon I just want to ask you a question, and lean on your knowledge of the backroom goings on at Rovers. Basically, I want to know if the sleaze washes right off with a normal shower, or are the players given something special like Babies Tears to help? Thanks Simon Blolburn Roflers

10:09am Tue 10 Dec 13

GAZHAY says...

If found guilty he should have to pay all his wages back to the club. Why should he be allowed to keep any of it?
If found guilty he should have to pay all his wages back to the club. Why should he be allowed to keep any of it? GAZHAY

10:22am Tue 10 Dec 13

leitchy says...

GAZHAY wrote:
If found guilty he should have to pay all his wages back to the club. Why should he be allowed to keep any of it?
Or if found guilty should never play for the club again....if he is suspended i should imagine he wouldn't keep his wages?
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If found guilty he should have to pay all his wages back to the club. Why should he be allowed to keep any of it?[/p][/quote]Or if found guilty should never play for the club again....if he is suspended i should imagine he wouldn't keep his wages? leitchy

10:59am Tue 10 Dec 13

juanbbien says...

Guilty or not he along wih his mate no names no pack drill have been a bloody disgrace get rid of both of them
Guilty or not he along wih his mate no names no pack drill have been a bloody disgrace get rid of both of them juanbbien

11:44am Tue 10 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

I think some of the games I bet on must be fixed. Wished someone would tell me in advance.
I think some of the games I bet on must be fixed. Wished someone would tell me in advance. Stone Island:

12:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

There was a game in Greece on Sunday. Second top at home to second bottom. Home team had won ALL their home games, away team had lost ALL their away games. Away team gets a player sent off very early in the game. You'd expect a rout. Final score? 0-0. Whatever Trevor!

Oh, and if anyone is driving in Manchester today, be careful if you're near Old Trafford. A lot of people have got three points there recently.
There was a game in Greece on Sunday. Second top at home to second bottom. Home team had won ALL their home games, away team had lost ALL their away games. Away team gets a player sent off very early in the game. You'd expect a rout. Final score? 0-0. Whatever Trevor! Oh, and if anyone is driving in Manchester today, be careful if you're near Old Trafford. A lot of people have got three points there recently. Stone Island:

12:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

peely says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months)

Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend?
All the players arrested have one thing in common but nobody will dare say it ?!!!
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months) Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend?[/p][/quote]All the players arrested have one thing in common but nobody will dare say it ?!!! peely

1:02pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hendog says...

He had such a promising music career ahead of him too...
He had such a promising music career ahead of him too... Hendog

1:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

simon Garner knows the score when it comes to guile and craft,, he is spot on this is just what we have heard about,, this has been going on for decades it just happens to be in the news right now ,,,wake up ,,
simon Garner knows the score when it comes to guile and craft,, he is spot on this is just what we have heard about,, this has been going on for decades it just happens to be in the news right now ,,,wake up ,, noddy57

1:15pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Wild Rover says...

Blolburn Roflers wrote:
Hi Simon

I just want to ask you a question, and lean on your knowledge of the backroom goings on at Rovers.

Basically, I want to know if the sleaze washes right off with a normal shower, or are the players given something special like Babies Tears to help?

Thanks Simon
Says the man whose team had a drug dealer playing for them.
Glass houses etc
[quote][p][bold]Blolburn Roflers[/bold] wrote: Hi Simon I just want to ask you a question, and lean on your knowledge of the backroom goings on at Rovers. Basically, I want to know if the sleaze washes right off with a normal shower, or are the players given something special like Babies Tears to help? Thanks Simon[/p][/quote]Says the man whose team had a drug dealer playing for them. Glass houses etc Wild Rover

6:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months)

Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend?
Yep.
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: Correction: "Rovers have had more than their fair share of problems over the past few YEARS" (not months) Is it just greed that motivates these players? Is there some other common denominator for the group that were arrested over the weekend?[/p][/quote]Yep. You're not mugging me off that easily

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