Total betting ban for players as FA get tough on corruption in football

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Total betting ban for players as FA get tough on corruption in football

Proposed new rules - set to cover the top eight English leagues - will impose a blanket betting ban on all club staff from next season.

Putting the boot in

While a spot-fixing investigation is currently underway in the FA, there are concerns that the current laws are too soft.

The new ban is expected to be announced this afternoon and replaces the current directive which only prevents players from gambling on a competition in which their team is participating.

Earlier today, Tranmere sacked their manager Ronnie Moore after he this week became the first manager in the Football League to admit breaking the FA’s gambling laws.

It is likely that Moore will face a further ban from the game in a season that has already seen Premier League players Dan Gosling, Cameron Jerome and England international Andros Townsend fall foul of FA regulations .

These rule breaches have alerted Association chiefs of the need for revision of then Chairman Lord Triesman’s proposal in 2009 .

On the pitch; out of the bookies

The FA's new polices on betting have left little room for misinterpretation .

While players will also be banned from personally promoting betting firms that offer markets on English football, it is understood that the ban will not stretch to clubs, who can continue to endorse gambling industry sponsors.

The FA are also keen to encourage whistle blowing from those within the game who have been approached by illegal match fixers, possibly by issuing incentives to do so.

The new code is also likely to recommend sanctioning clubs with numerous offending players and making integrity training a requirement of a player’s participation in football.

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