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English footballer fined £25,000 for match betting

Tue, Nov 29, 9:24am by Senior Writer

An English footballer has been fined £25,000 (AUD$44,000) after the Football Association found him guilty of a misconduct charge over betting.

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback was charged over betting on football under a 2014 FA regulation which expressly prohibits players and coaches from placing bets on any football activity worldwide.

Players from the top eight tiers of the English game are banned from betting on the sport. That includes the full range of footballing bets, including futures, next manager bets and the like

“We are really proud of the integrity of the game in this country and it is really important p ople trust… what is happening on the pitch,” Football Association general secretary Alex Horne said at the time.

“We want to keep our message as simple as possible – and it cannot be more simple that as a player you cannot bet at all on football.”

While Colback is not believed to have bet on any games he was involved in, the club confirmed on Monday that he had been fined heavily for this actions.

“Jack Colback has been fined £25,000 after he accepted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting,” a club statement said.

“The Newcastle United player breached FA Rule E8 in respect of a bet placed on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition on 16 March 2016.”

Colback’s Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League last season but are top of the Championship and are currently $1.02 to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Colback missed Saturday’s 1-0 Championship defeat by Blackburn with an eye problem could return to action in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Hull on Tuesday evening.

The punishment stands in stark contrast to the one-match ban handed out to former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton after he was found to have bet on several matches.

Barton is currently without a club, but received no financial penalty from the Scottish FA for his indiscretions.


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