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FA ready to impose worldwide betting ban


All professional football players in England will be banned from betting on football matches from next season.

The new rules, approved at the Football Association's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, will apply to all players in the top eight tiers of English football. 

Currently players are banned from betting on competitions that their club are involved in.

Under the new ruling, players will no be able to pass on inside information to a third party who uses it for betting.

Tottenham's Andros Townsend, Cameron Jerome - on loan at Crystal Palace from Stoke last season - and Newcastle's Dan Gosling, who will join Bournemouth next season, are among those who have breached current betting regulations.

Winger Townsend was fined £18,000 by the FA in June 2013, striker Jerome £50,000 last August and midfielder Gosling £30,000 in March.

The new rules, which take affect on 1st August, cover betting on all games around the world, as well as "football-related matter" such as transfers, managerial appointments and team selection.

The rules will apply to players in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two, Congerence and Top Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues


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