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FA to impose worldwide ban on football betting

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The Football Association have unanimously agreed that they will stop anybody involved in the top eight English leagues from betting.

It is already against the rules for anybody to bet on a match or competition which they are involved in, or encouraging others to bet via passing on information.

However, The FA have now released a statement saying: “The FA has proposed that from next season, participants at step 4 and above of the English league system will be banned from betting”.

This means that anybody involved within football, from the Premier League down to the regional divisions, would be unable to bet on football related results worldwide.

The ban was suggested by former FA chairman, Lord Triesman, in 2009, and following consultations with the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers Associations and the Football Conference, it is now set to be made official within weeks.

The ban will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season and will cover a range of betting options – from player transfers, to manager employment.

The news comes after a number of high-profile players have been found to breached betting regulations, such as Tottenham Hotspurs' Andros Townsend and Newscastle's Dan Gosling.

The FA felt that, after a number of people within the game have failed to understand or take the current rules seriously, a wider restriction is necessary to eradicate any confusion players and staff might have surrounding the rules of acceptable betting.

The Football Associate also added that “the passing of inside information to somebody that uses the information for betting remains prohibited”.

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