Footballer Gambling Could Lead to FA Betting Ban
The English Football Association (FA) is very clear about who is eligible to bet on the outcome of football matches.
However, when Dan Gosling, England’s Under-21 international football player who plays for Newcastle United, admitted to breaching these rules, the chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, announced that a complete betting ban on club staff and players could be introduced soon. A final decision is yet to be made.
Meanwhile, the chief executive of the English Premier League (EPL) top division, Richard Scudamore, also called for a complete ban on betting in 2013 which would include all managers as well as players.
Scotland already has a full betting ban although English club employees are still able to bet on these matches.
In his defense, Gosling has requested a personal hearing since he is in breach of betting Rule E8(b) of the FA’s regulations. The rule clearly states that a player cannot bet on any match they are involved in either directly or indirectly.
But Gosling isn’t the only player to admit to breaching the rules. Last June, Andros Townsend, who plays for EPL side Tottenham Hostpur, breached betting regulations and as a result he was banned for four months and was required to pay a fine of £18,000.
It will be interesting to see what the FA will decide regarding the banning of betting after the Gosling incident.