Still shocked over Montano spot-fixing allegations

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Town boss John Still was shocked that former Oldham Athletic striker Cristian Montano was alleged to be part of the match fixing scandal currently rocking football, writes Mike Simmonds.

The 22-year-old, who was sacked by the Latics this week, was signed on loan from West Ham by Still when boss at Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2011.

Montano has since been released on bail after the spot-fixing allegations as he was filmed claiming he agreed to get himself booked in return for cash, although failed to incur a yellow card in the supposed fixture against Wolves in October.

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Still said: “I’m shocked. He was a young boy when we took him, a very, very talented boy.

“It’s alleged at the moment, but if he’s found guilty, I’ve got no sympathy for him.”

Ex-Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje is allegedly the main ring leader in the operation, a fact that also saddened Still.

He said: “I’ve been very, very good friends with Sam Sodje for years.

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I know the Sodjes’, have done for years and I know them better than well.

“It’s difficult when you’re dealing with people that you know.”

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