Three Soccer Players Suspended by English F.A. for GamblingChristopher Elser
Three players for a lower-league team from London were suspended and fined after violating gambling rules, English soccer’s governing body said.
The trio play for AFC Hayes, a team in the Calor Gas Division One Central. They admitted multiple breaches of the F.A.’s betting rules, the body said today on its website without giving details. Hayes in in 11th place after 19 games.
Player Lawrence Shennan was suspended for two years and fined 580 pounds, which includes the 330-pound profit made from the bets, the F.A. said. Ben Goode was suspended for a year and fined 606 pounds, which includes the 456-pound profit made from the bets. Chevy Hart, who is no longer with the club, was suspended for four months and fined 145 pounds, which includes the 45-pound profit made from the bets, the ruling body said.
The players are being disciplined during increased awareness about gambling in the sport. Two players from Whitehawk in England’s Conference South league were charged as part of an investigation into match-fixing that involved seven arrests earlier this month, including a man from Singapore.