FA Imposes Global Betting Ban on English Players
May 22, 2014
The Football Association (FA) has announced that it will impose bans on English football players betting on matches anywhere in the world.
The new rules will come into force on August 1 and will apply to any player in the top eight tiers of the English soccer system.
This worldwide ban replaces the current restrictions for which players are banned from betting on competitions only in which their club is involved.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, Newscastle’s Dan Gosling and Stoke’s Cameron Jerome are among those who have breached current betting regulations.
Players will also be prohibited from passing on inside information to a third party who uses it for betting.
A statement on the FA website read: “Participants covered by the ban will be prohibited from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.
“The changes to FA Rules from the start of the 2014/15 season will also effect a worldwide prohibition on betting on any other football-related matter.
“For example, the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection. The passing of inside information to somebody that uses the information for betting remains prohibited.”