Football Star Battles Addiction As He Blows £15,000 At The RacesMay 5, 2010 9:36 am
Football star Michael Chopra has been battling against gambling addiction for several years now and back in 2008 he checked into a rehab centre to help save his marriage to model Heather Swan.
A friend of the £20,000 a week Cardiff City striker, said at the time; “He has battled with gambling but firmly believes these demons are in the past. Obviously, though, a period in rehab will also consolidate his progress and help him stay away from the bookies.”
Two years later, however, it would seem Michael Chopra has fallen off the wagon once more and was seen to lose a whooping £15,000 in just two hours spent at a Cardiff bookmakers.
The 26 year-old was obviously in a jubilant mood after his team managed to secure a play-off spot and a chance of promotion to the Premier League, and so he headed to the bookies alongside team-mate Mark Kennedy, to celebrate.
His celebrations were short lived, however, as his horses proceeded to lose in quick succession, and as an eye-witness explains:
“He was betting thousands and thousands on every race. He was only going back to the counter to put on more cash, not collect any winnings. He must have gone through £15,000 – if not more.”
“By the end of it he was getting really moody and cursing and swearing. He was banging his hand on a table and tearing up his slips. I don’t blame him. I’d be gutted myself.”
Chopra was born in Newcastle to an English mother and Indian father and while playing for Sunderland in 2008, became the first player of Indian parentage to score in the Premier League. Unfortunately, his marriage of seven months to Heather Swan didn’t survive his gambling addiction and football transfer to Cardiff, and the couple eventually split up last year.