Football Association Poised to Impose Worldwide Betting Ban

Football Association Poised to Impose Worldwide Betting Ban on League Players and Staff 

To clear the confusion over the Football Association’s (FA) standing rule, which states that “participants shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, on matches involving themselves or their team – or a competition they play in or have played in”— the FA has come up with a new policy that specifically prohibits all participants in UK’s top four divisions to place wagers on any football game or competition held in any part of the world.

The worldwide betting ban applies to all players and staff of England’s top eight tiers and covers other football-related contingencies or betting schemes, including player transfers or the appointment of club managers. It is estimated that the new set of rules concerns at least 10,000 players of more than 300 clubs for both Non-Premier and Premier Leagues; although the number could be higher since calculations were based on a research study commissioned 14 years ago by the players’ union.

The new policy will take effect at the start of the 2014-2015 seasons onward, and after it has been ratified by all FA members in the Annual General Meeting slated to take place on May 21, 2014. All proposals put forward as new betting rules were formulated in consultation with the English Premier League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association and the Football Conference and have received full backing from the Football Association Council and the Football Regulatory Authority.

In line with the national governing body’s determination to impose a zero-tolerance policy, the FA intends to monitor the global betting market by obtaining the cooperation of gambling companies. The latter will furnish information about league players and staff who have existing betting accounts and about those who breach FA’s betting rules.

April 16, 2014 by : posted in Gambling News No Comments