Forest striker Dexter Blackstock charged with betting breach
The Football Association have formally charged Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock with breaking their strict betting codes.
Blackstock has been accused of numerous violations of conduct and has until Monday the 28th April to respond.
An FA statement at www.thefa.com said: ‘Nottingham Forest’s Dexter Blackstock has been charged with multiple breaches of FA Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting. Blackstock has until Monday 28 April 2014 to respond to the charge.’
Starting his career at Southampton before moving onto QPR and his current side Forest, Blackstock was sent out on loan to Sky Bet Championship side, and Forest rivals, Leeds for whom he suffered a serious knee injury after just four games.
The player, who hasn’t featured since October and is unlikely to play again this season, signed a new four and a half year deal with at The City Ground last season.
In March, Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling was fined £30,000 for a similar breach of FA betting rules, including placing a wager on a Newcastle game, though this has been denied.
Gosling too was believed to be out of the game on a long term injury at the time he became involved in betting.
Currently, players are banned from betting on games in competitions in which they are involved but, as RightCasino revealed last month, a far more severe blanket ban on all betting will soon be in place.