Why you'd have to be mad to sign Chris Samba and the FA's betting blunder with Barton

Christopher Samba says he only signed a lucrative four-and-half-year deal last February because he believed the Venkys when they said the club would be challenging for Europe and that big names such as Ronaldinho would be signed.

He must have been the only man in ­football who did.

Gullible Chris now wants a ‘divorce’. Fair enough. But by saying he would be unable to give 100 percent if forced to stay at Ewood Park, what sort of message does that send out to his next employers? That if Samba wants to break a contract he agreed to, he will effectively down tools.

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It appears – according to the man himself – that Joey Barton received a letter from the FA, expressing concern that he took a stab at predicting a couple of results last weekend.

For the purposes of betting, it could have been seen as insider dealing, was the gist of what the FA was saying (according to Joey).

Out of interest, who was recently ­announced as one of the FA’s premier sponsors?

Step forward, ­William Hill.

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A pal told me about a recent kids’ football match.

A six-year-old celebrated his hat-trick by folding his arms and staring nonchalantly at touchline ­parents. And to think some apologists still insist top flight footballers should not be classed as role models.

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