We’ve already made it clear that we would never accept money to underperform, but if we were that sort of person, the court case involving Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif would make us think again.
At the time of writing, Butt has been found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments. Mohammad Asif has been found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and the jury are still considering the second charge.
Butt could, in theory, get seven years in prison. You would think that might actually prove a deterrent to at least some of the spot-fixers out there.
The players involved in spot-fixing seem to move in a world where it’s not considered that big a deal. Well, seven years in prison says otherwise in a loud, clear, insistent and slightly hectoring voice.
The idea that the sport’s governing body might (but probably wouldn’t) catch you and ban you for a year is one thing, but this is something else. This is real-life punishment. Shame it took a newspaper of questionable morals and the British legal system to make an example of someone.