Thursday, 10 November 2011

Competition to find football's worst toilets hit by vote-rigging claim

A competition to find football's worst toilets has been hit by vote-rigging claims. Photograph: Alexis Clements/Getty Images/Flickr RM
A competition to establish which English football ground has the worst toilets was temporarily suspended over allegations of vote-rigging.
The Biggest Loosers competition was put on hold after it emerged that some fans had voted up to 30 times in an effort to secure the prize – a £100,000 toilet makeover – for their club.
Alan Hardy, the chief executive of Oldham, who currently trail behind Ebbsfleet United in the voting, told the Manchester Evening News: "They had to cancel it because people were cheating. I think some fans were voting more than 30 times.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us. The money has just not been there in the past to revamp the toilets. I have been here for 31 years and some of the toilets are still the same now as they were then. I would urge all of our fans to get voting."
The competition's spokeswoman, Janet Bentick, told the paper: "It became clear quite quickly that some fans had managed to get around the security checks and were making multiple votes for their team.
"I suppose it is testament to how passionately they feel about having new facilities installed at their clubs but it breached our terms and conditions. We are back up and running now and we are confident this won't happen again."
Oldham face competition from Aldershot Town, Barnsley, Barrow, Bradford City, Ebbsfleet United, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United and Sheffield United.
The poll remains open until 5 January, and the winners will be announced in February.

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