Tue, Jul 26, 1:51pm by Staff Writer
A Tasmanian soccer player has received a two-match ban and a $2000 fine after it was revealed he bet on matches involving his own team.
Football Federation Australia confirmed on Tuesday it had sanctioned the player for a breach of the FFA National Code of Conduct in that he bet on a match involving his own National Premier Leagues (NPL) club, as well as other NPL matches and A-League matches.
The statement said the relatively light penalty was as a result of the player co-operating with the investigation. The two-match suspension also includes a further suspended two-match ban which would be triggered in the event of another breach.
“The integrity of football is important and under FIFA statutes registered players, coaches, referees and club officials are not allowed to bet on football matches anywhere in the world,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.
“The FFA National Code of Conduct is the safeguard that protects football and reflects the FIFA statutes. These statutes do not differentiate between placing bets on your own local club or an overseas professional team but there’s a much higher integrity risk when bets are placed on matches where the participant has a direct connection.”
FFA’s actions were supported by Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer.
“All registered participants are subject to the National Code of Conduct and the prohibition on betting is very clear. This serves once again as a timely reminder for our football community about this issue,” Palmer said.
“Football Federation Tasmania supports the sanctions issued and will work with NPL clubs, as we have done previously, to ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities.”
Corruption in Australian soccer hit the headlines in 2013 when several members of a Victorian Premier League team, the Southern Stars, were charged over conspiring to fix matches.
Four players and a coach from the Southern Stars plead guilty to fixing matches on behalf of a Malaysian betting syndicate.
In that instance, UK company called Sportradar noticed suspicious betting patterns around Southern Stars games and told the Football Federation Australia, which in turn informed the police.
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