The Aberdeen manager has watched this week as Ian Black was accused of betting on 160 matches over the past seven seasons and, while he agrees that players placing wagers on the outcome of games involving their own team are in the wrong, he believes the issues run deeper than football. "I don't think it's more of a problem in football than in society in general as there are a lot of people who are desperate and see it as a way out," he said.
"When I first started out in football there was loads of betting going on but there was always a limit of control. Sometimes it's a bit of fun, but I don't think many would bet on their own team. Regardless of anything else, everyone would know that it's fundamentally not right.
"I don't think there were so many players getting in over their heads but I have played with and managed players who did have problems. It's like any addiction, you have got to help them get through it. We will certainly ask the players union to come up and have a chat with our players as it would be better coming from them than me."
McInnes, however, has more pressing matters on his mind. His side travel to Tynecastle tomorrow aiming to avoid consecutive defeats after losing to Celtic last Saturday. Aside from Barry Robson, who will likely be ready to return in a month after knee surgery, Aberdeen will be at full strength but McInnes is wary of the threat posed by Hearts.
"They are definitely capable of staying up despite people tipping them to go down after the points deduction," he said. "What they have got is a real togetherness and that goes a long, long way as they are giving themselves every chance to turn things round. I wouldn't bet against them to do that as they have a lot of talented boys and if they get on a run their confidence will build which gives them a chance.
"They have a cause which has galvanised the club during troubled times. I'm sure that the passion everyone connected with Hearts are showing will give them a fighting chance of surviving."