The chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke believes that a complete ban on players and the staff of clubs which are betting on football matches is likely to be introduced.
“No final decision has been made, but it a complete ban is one of the things that’s being discussed, The FA is looking again at the whole of betting and who should be allowed to bet on football in the football industry. In the next few weeks, we’ll come out with a policy.” Dyke revealed.
Andros Townsend of Tottenham and Cameron Jerome of Stoke City both have received fines last year after breaching regulations which is believed to not be in relation of betting but the manager of Tranmere, Ronnie Moore received a suspension by the League One which will last until the FA completes an investigation into what might be a potential rule breach in relation to betting.
This isn’t the first time that a staff member of a club has received punishment or suspensions because of breaching or making bets in football. It has already happened in many occasions in the past before and one of those was in relation with the Accrington Stanley managing director, Robert Heys as he was banned for 21 months after revealing that he had made over 730 breaches and 213 bets with the outcome of the matches of his own club.
“You don’t want to go along with the whole ‘victim mentality’ and start complaining that it’s not fair and you’re being picked on, but a 21-month ban always did seem a lengthy ban. Perhaps the answer is to ban all betting on football for anyone who’s involved in football.” Heys said.
In Scotland exists a full ban punishment for any kind of breach relating betting and the chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke wants the duration to be increasing and should be taken more seriously.