Stoke City’s Etherington rejects accusations

Updated: March 5, 2012

Stoke striker Matthew Etherington has denied rumours that his poor form this season is due to a return of his gambling addiction.

The Cornwall native scored only his third goal of the season to secure the Potters a 1-0 home win over Norwich at the weekend.

The 30-year-old spent time in the Sporting Chance Clinic earlier in his career and has previously admitted losing over £1million betting on various gambling addictions from sports betting to card games such as black jack and poker.

“It’s not been going for me this year for one reason or another and it has been really frustrating,” Etherington admitted.  ”

“I am not doing anything differently and my personal life is still brilliant as ever. I have no problems on that front, but it is just not happening for me.   I suppose that’s life. You get on with it and, hopefully, this goal will give me a bit of a boost.  I have heard a few people talking and shouting their mouths off as usual. But I am not gambling and haven’t been for two-and-a-half years and I am very happy.”

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