MATT TOOTLE OPENS UP ON GAMBLING

MATT TOOTLE OPENS UP ON GAMBLING

Notts County defender Matt Tootle has spoken openly about his personal struggle with gambling addiction. Posting on Twitter, Tootle wrote: "I've been a compulsive gambler for as long as I remember and it has brought to me some of my worst memories. This problem is rife in football and something needs to be done about it and I'm hoping to also help with that now."

 

"Many times I have tried to quit and been unsuccessful and almost lost loved ones closest to me who tried to help," he said. "It's an illness and until you decide you actually want to help yourself you will never get over it. I'm now one month clean from betting and I'm proud of it. On top of my mental health, I understand I'm a complicated character, but one thing I'm sure of is my strength deep within which makes me never give up in any walk of life."

 

"I think the best thing I have ever done is be open and honest about my mental health. I feel prouder than ever about how I came through the darkest days and be able to help others, which is why I feel I need to be open and honest for the first time about another problem that has been part of my life since I was 16 years old."

 

PFA Head of Player Welfare, Michael Bennett has welcomed Tootle’s brave decision to talk about his addiction: “We would like to commend Matt on his achievement of becoming gambling free and in talking so openly about his struggles with mental health. “We would encourage any PFA member who is worried about their gambling or any other aspect of their wellbeing, to contact the PFA and access the expert support that is available.”

 

Source: www.thepfa.com

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