Bookies around the country are suspending betting for Essendon's round one AFL clash against Adelaide in the wake of the supplement scandal which hit the Bombers earlier this week.
The Bombers are still listed in the betting to win the premiership, with TAB Player offering them at $17.
Meanwhile, the Victorian government and the AFL have shot down calls for a ban on sports betting in the wake of a report warning of possible sports match-fixing and corruption.
The Australian Crime Commission on Thursday identified widespread doping in professional sport, along with possible match-fixing and manipulation of betting markets.
Victoria Police has also warned of a major risk of match-fixing in Australian sport, particularly A-League soccer.
Former Hawthorn president and ex-Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has called for a clampdown on AFL betting, while independent senator Nick Xenophon and independent MP Andrew Wilkie both renewed calls to at least ban spot betting - wagers on individual shots, goals, overs, or other plays within a particular game.
But Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says a ban on sports betting will not happen.
“It’s impractical as much of the betting takes place on the internet anyway,” he told ABC radio on Friday.
“It’s not going to happen. The world’s moved on. We have internet betting all over the world and I think education of those who do bet and making sure your sport is clean and has all the integrity systems is the way to go.”
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said he didn’t support a ban on sports betting either.
He said the league already examined betting trends with betting agencies to protect the integrity of the game.
“Our sport was not a sport that was a subject of any inference around match-fixing,” he said.
Some of the biggest North American sports leagues, however, are against many forms of sports betting.The National Hockey League has even campaigned against allowing punters to bet on the outcome of a single game.
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