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Five Accrington players lost their appeals against sanctions imposed for betting on football matches on Thursday.

Appeals were brought by Peter Cavanagh, James Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Andrew Mangan.

The players, with the exception of Harris, appealed against the finding of guilt by a regulatory commission in July and all five players appealed against the sanctions awarded by the Commission. All appeals were dismissed except with regard to the matter of costs.

Three of the players bet thousands of pounds that their side, Accrington Stanley, would lose the home League Two fixture against Bury in May 2008 - which they did 2-0.

Harris was banned for a year and fined a total of £5,500, Mannix given a 10-month ban and fined £4,000 and Williams suspended for eight months and fined £3,500. Mangan, who was then a Bury player, was banned for five months and fined £2,000 for betting on his team to win. Cavanagh was suspended from football for eight months and fined £3,500.

The costs were reduced from £5,000 to £1,000 in each case apart from Cavanagh's. His costs included the obtaining of expert evidence so were reduced from £9,626.45 to £2,000.

Appeal board chairman Paul Gilroy QC said: "The appeal board was unanimous in dismissing all appeals against findings of guilt and sanction.

"Whilst there were points of factual distinction as between the five players concerned, all five were rightly convicted of serious breaches of FA rules and the appeal board could see no merit in disturbing the regulatory commission's findings as to sanction.

"The appeal board was nevertheless satisfied that as a result of those findings, in addition to the orders made by the commission in relation to costs, each of the five players faced a cumulative financial penalty which was, in all the circumstances, disproportionate."

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