FA Proposes Global Ban on Gambling

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The FA has proposed amendments to its rules on gambling which, if approved by its shareholders at their AGM on 21 May, will come into effect from the start of the 2014-15 season. The amendments have already received recommendation from the FA Council and the Football Regulatory Authority.

The revised rules would introduce a world-wide ban on players and other participants involved in the top eight tiers of the English league system from betting on the outcome of football matches and competitions, or on any other “football-related matter”, including the transfer of players, employment of managers and team selections.

This represents a significant extension to the FA’s current rules, which prevent players and other participants betting on matches or competitions in which they are involved (or over which they have a degree of influence), or on “football-related” matters concerning any club which competes in the leagues in which, in the relevant season, the relevant participant is involved.

This proposed new “global” approach would be comparable to the position adopted by, for example, the British Horseracing Authority. The BHA’s rules prohibit riders and other participants in racing from making bets on horseracing, “regardless of where the bet is placed or where the race is run”.

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