FA Looking To Ban All Football Related Gambling From Next Season
The problem of illegal gambling and match fixing in the Football Association is nothing new. We all remember the scandal of the PFA’s Gordan Taylor’s problems which included massive debts to bookies from illegal gambling.
There have been calls to impose stricter control on players and officials involved in the game when it comes to betting on matches they are involved in. Yesterday saw the FA Council unanimously agree to the Football Association’s proposal which states from next season anyone involved in the top eight tiers of the English league system will be subject to a global betting ban. The proposal is set to come up for a vote at the annual general meeting of the FA on May 21.
The proposal is expected to pass and in effect would prohibit any player from the Premier League down to Step 4 of the FA pyramid from any gambling related to football. As it stands at the moment FA rules mean that no players can bet on a match they are involved with which also includes providing insider information. If the new changes proposed come into play there would be a global ban on any football-related betting or anything football elated such as team selection and player transfers.
The FA director of football governance and regulation Darren Bailey summed up the proposed new tough regime and said,” The proposed betting rule adjustment to encompass all aspects of world football provides a simple and straightforward message to all participants on where the line is drawn.”