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Football players charged by FA over gambling rule breach

7/4/2009
A total of five football players have been charged by the FA in the UK for breaking strict rules on betting on matches.

It was revealed that Accrington Stanley against Bury in League Two recently was the focus of the enquiry. The culprits; Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams, Peter Cavanagh and Andrew Mangan had placed bets running into thousands of pounds on Accrington Stanley losing the game against Bury. Four of the five play for Accrington Stanley.

The FA released a statement on the matter today. "All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match. Mannix is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £4,000; Mangan £3,500; Harris £2,000; Williams £1,000; and Cavanagh on a £5 accumulator."

The players are facing long suspensions after the match ended 2-0 to Bury and Bookmakers in the North West reported strange betting patterns before the match.

The players have been given until April 23rd to respond to the charges put against them – if no plea is made then punishments will be decided by the FA soon after.

FA rules clearly state that any person hired by a club is not allowed to place bets on any matches that they have a direct or in-direct influence on.
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