Leeds flop Cibicki had ‘no respect for money’ and gambled monthly wage in days

Leeds United flop Pawel Cibicki has opened up on the gambling addiction that saw him spend his monthly salary in a week during his time at Elland Road.

The Whites signed Cibicki in the summer of 2017 while they were still in the Championship. He joined them in a £1.5 million move from Swedish side Malmo, where he'd scored 11 goals in 57 matches.

Cibicki made just ten appearances in three seasons at the Yorkshire club, also spending time on loan at Molde, Elfsborg and ADO Den Hag before joining Polish side Pogon Szczecin. Also last year, Cibicki was banned from football for four years for match fixing.

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He spoke to Swedish newspaper Expressen to discuss the verdict and his time at Leeds when he first developed a gambling addiction.

"I started to gamble a little, for 10-20Kr," he said. "But the more I gambled, the bigger the sums eventually became. Eventually, I just lost it. I had no respect for money any longer. In the end, it became large sums.

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"When I was earning the most, when I was playing in England, I had about 200,000kr (roughly £16,000) out a month. Sometimes I could waste it in four or five days.

"I think it’s a big problem. It’s getting bigger and bigger every day. If you sit and watch TV, when there are commercials. What’s coming up? Quite honestly, I hope more people dare to come forward. It’s a shame, yes. But if you can break it, you can get out of it."

Cibicki, who holds dual passports with Sweden and Poland, played for both nations at youth level. He represented Sweden at U19 and U20 level before switching to Sweden's U21s.

Despite his impressive number of caps at youth level, he is yet to earn a call-up to either nation at senior level. That is set to continue for some time as he serves a four-year ban for match fixing.


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