BATEMAN IN BRIBE SENSATION; 'I was offered pounds 5,000 to throw game'.Byline: BRENDON WILLIAMS
RUGBY star Allan Bateman Allan Glen Bateman (born 6 March 1965) is a former Welsh dual code rugby international centre who also represented the British Isles "the Lions" at rugby union and Great Britain at rugby league. last night sensationally revealed how a fellow international offered him pounds 5,000 to "throw" a game.
Veteran centre Bateman, 36, said a "well-known" player promised him the huge bribe BRIBE, crim. law. The gift or promise, which is accepted, of some advantage, as the inducement for some illegal act or omission; or of some illegal emolument, as a consideration, for preferring one person to another, in the performance of a legal act. if Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. lost a vital Five Nations international.
In the same game, fellow Wales centre Mark Ring was offered a massive pounds 30,000 to lose the match.
Bateman's incredible offer was made before Wales's away clash with Ireland in 1990 - which Wales lost 14-8.
But only now has he revealed the shocking truth in his new autobiography.
Bateman said copies of the book had to be pulled and pulped at the last minute after original drafts contained the alleged briber's name.
Now, the shocking book that will rock Welsh rugby, contains details of the bribe but leaves the culprit anonymous.
Bateman said last night: "At first I mentioned the person who had offered it. But the solicitors advised me he could sue and thought it would be wise to take the name out.
"The publishers had to pulp a load of books because they had already started publishing it."
"The incident is still in there, but the person is not named.
"It just says I was approached by a well-known Welsh player."
Bateman was just a rookie in his debut international season when the bribe offer was made in Dublin.
He instantly turned it down.
Neath Neath (nēth), Welsh Castell-nedd, town (1981 pop. 48,687), Neath Port Talbot, S Wales, on the Neath River. Neath is both a market and an industrial town. Metallurgy and a growing petrochemical industry are important. star Bateman said: "I was approached by a well-known Welsh player.
"Then someone said there's five grand if you throw the game. It was against Ireland, my second international in 1990.
"I just said no thanks.
"I heard nothing after that and didn't even speak about it with anybody until the book."
Bateman's book, Allan Bateman: There and Back Again, is due for release next month.
It will be serialised in Wales on Sunday, starting this week.
His publishers, Mainstream Publishing, said they could not comment on the book, but denied copies had been pulped.
The illegal bung Bung
experiences modified and extreme levels of want. [Br. Lit.: Sketches by Boz]
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Ring recieved a phone call from a man he knew, representing London backers, just days before the 1990 Wooden Spoon decider.
Ring, who rejected the bung, was told he would receive the cash if he let the Irish win by missing a tackle.
Ring said he instantly laughed off the offer, crying: "You've got to be joking."
Ring described how the briber told him: "It's up to you entirely. There is pounds 30,000 and the money is yours to distribute as you like if you need someone else.
"If you want to jump out of the way of Irish centre Brendan Mullin, you can do so.
"But whatever happens you've got to make sure Ireland win this game.
"You don't need to know who I represent. They are some people in London."
While Ring laughed off the suggestion, he knew the offer was a serious one, made by a "big punter Punter
1. An trader who hopes to make quick profits. Basically, another term for speculator.
2. In the U.K., it is generally used to describe someone who gambles. It is also used to mean a client or customer of any business. " on the horse racing horse racing, trials of speed involving two or more horses. It includes races among harnessed horses with one of two particular gaits, among saddled Thoroughbreds (or, less frequently, quarterhorses) on a flat track, or among saddled horses over a turf course with circuit.
He said: "I've never heard about it happening to anyone else. It was a shock. I dismissed it lightly, but I knew he was serious.
"It didn't affect me mentally in terms of the game.
"There is no way in a million years I played anything other than our maximum."
Also last year, top Welsh rugby star Neil Boobyer admitted betting against Wales in international matches.
The Wales and Llanelli centre put money on England and France beating Wales in the Six Nations championship.
Boobyer did not play in either match, but he was involved in the build-up build·up also build-up
1. The act or process of amassing or increasing: a military buildup; a buildup of tension during the strike.
2. to the game against France in the Wales A team.
Boobyer did not break the official International Rugby Board The International Rugby Board (IRB) is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of rugby union, and previously for rugby football. It was founded in 1886 as the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) by Scotland, Wales and Ireland. rules on betting because he was not directly involved in any of the matches.
Boobyer said at the time: "I'm not involved in the match and if I fancy Wales to win or to lose, I can still do them.
"If Joe Bloggs Noun 1. Joe Bloggs - a hypothetical average man
Joe Blow, John Doe, man in the street
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title fancies France to beat Wales he can go in the bookies and put pounds 200 on France to beat Wales, the same as I can.
"I'm not a player and I'm not involved, as far as I'm concerned I'm someone in the street."
CLAIM: Allan Bateman; THE MATCH: Ireland against Wales in 1990 OFFERED BUNGS BUNGS Bristol University Network Gaming Society (gaming) : Mark Ring and Allan Bateman, main picture