FA sets new worldwide ban on football betting by registered professionals

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The English Football Association (FA) has announced a the implementation of a worldwide ban on betting on football, by professional individuals registered with the top seven divisions of the English football leagues.

The set of measures have been approved by FA shareholders, in last Wednesdays general meeting at Wembley Stadium. The prohibition of betting on football matches, will include all professional football players, registered coaches and key football club stakeholders of the top seven divisions of English football.

The measures will be sanctioned from the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference levels, as well as the top two divisions in each of the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues.

The new rules amend current FA Rules which state that no participant can bet on a match or competition in which they are involved or in which they can influence.

The 2013/14 Premiership seanson saw the FA charge a number of footballers with breaches of its betting rules, including Nottingham Forests’ Dexter Blackstock and Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend.

Fellow Premiership footballers Cameron Jerome, who plays for Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United’s Dan Gosling have also admitted offences, while Tranmere Rovers’ manager Ronnie Moore was suspended, then fired after admitting an FA betting charge.

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