Former manager Dave Bassett has said he is surprised by the claims made by former Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam that he and other Premier League players were involved in spot-fixing.
FIFA have launched a probe into Claus Lundekvam’s sensational betting claims.
World football’s governing body reacted quickly after The Sun revealed the former Southampton skipper had confessed to spot-fixing in Premier League games.
In comments during an interview with Norwegian television station NOTV2, Claus Lundekvam said he was "often" involved in spot-fixing.
"I'm not proud of it, but the betting companies pave the way for it," he said.
He added: "You could manipulate certain events of the match - the first throw-in, first free kick or something else. It was easy for us to gamble on it."
He also appeared to suggest that spot-fixing was widespread:
"The players bet on a match they are involved in," he said. "That happens a lot."
Matt Le Tissier, now a Sky Sports football pundit, played for Southampton between 1986 and 2002:
aside from the 1incident mentioned in my book ive never been involved in any betting scams and had no idea of claus lundekvams claimsFrom @mattletiss7 on Twitter:
A passage in Le Tissier's autobiography Taking Le Tiss recounts a failed plan to make around £10,000 by betting on the time of the first throw-in during a game against Wimbledon in 1995, before Lundekvam joined the club.
"I couldn’t see a problem with making a few quid on the first throw-in," he wrote.
Former Southampton captain Francis Benali has denied any knowledge of a spot-fixing culture at the club.
Speaking to BBC Solent, Benali, now 43, said:
"I can say categorically I have no knowledge of the betting allegations made by Claus [Lundekvam]."
"I'm aware of the revelations and I'm very surprised in many ways," he added.
– Claus Lundekvam
For a while we did this almost every week. We made a fair bit of money.
We could make deals with the opposing captain about, for example, betting on the first throw, the first corner, who started with the ball, a yellow card or a penalty.
But the 39-year-old, who retired in 2008, said he never attempted to fix the results of a game:
– Claus Lundekvam
The results were never on the agenda. That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors.
FIFA are to investigate former Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam's claims that he was involved in spot-fixing, the world governing body have said.
More to follow.