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FOOTBALL., Issue 7978, 6 August 1889
A FOOTBALL SCANDAL,
The ‘ Week ’ makes this reference to the scandal that occurred over the Brisbane match;—“ It was fully expected that the game would be a very fast one, and much more exciting than that of the previous Saturday ; but as a matter of fact it was neither. The first half of the game was decidedly slow, and the second half was not much better. A reason has been given for the poor display, but it is to be hoped that it is not altogether true. It is stated, and by many persons, too, that it was found necessary to give a number of the visiting players a bribe to induce them to show their ordinary form, and the fail-back was offered, it is said, LSO if he would let the local men go past him occasionally. It is also said that bookmakers had given large odds that the Maoris would win, and it was in the endeavor to make them suffer that the players were ‘ got at.’ Properly sifted this brings the matter home to local men, not necessarily those who were engaged in the match.” The Sydney ‘ Referee’ has the following from its Brisbane correspondent“ W. Warbrick, in stopping a great rush of Carr’s, got badly kicked, and had to be carried off the field, play being stopped for about ten minutes. During the recovery process it transpired there had been monetary overtures held out to induce Mr Warbrick to let the Brisbanites past him, and the offer had been made by a certain bookmaker. This caused harsh words amongst the dusky-colored New Zealanders and their captain. Mr Joe Warbrick talked to them to some purpose, the result being very marked in the play which followed. He has determined to hold an inquiry iato the matter with a view to make the bookie’s name known; but what good will this do? Unfortunately, it’s often tried in big matches of all kinds, and in this particular instance 1 fancy there must be some mistake, as I know of a wager 300 to 100 on the Maoris winning taken by a private individual, so possibly in the heat of the moment things got a little mixed up.” A Brisbane telegram in the ‘ Argus' of the 25th ult. says-.—“Four members of the Maori football team Madigan, Keogh, Taare, ond Arthur Warbrick—have been suspended from farther playing with the team in Australia on suspicion of being concerned in a scheme to sell the last match with the Brisbane team to the bookmakers.” There is some talk of the Otago Rugby Union having something to say on the subject.
WELLINGTON, August 6.
Gage left to join the Native team, but will only accompany them as far as this city. Scott will not consent to play at Newtown Park, and as it is unlikely that the City Council will give the use of the Basin reserve, the Maoris will probably not play here.
FOOTBALL., Issue 7978, 6 August 1889
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