Non League Footballers Suspended For FA Betting Rule Breach
Three non-league footballers have been suspended from the game after confessing to multiple breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules. The trio all played for Southern AFC Hayes, who currently participate in the eighth tier of the English football pyramid.
Striker Lawrence Shennan has been suspended for two years, while goalkeeper Ben Goode has been banned for 12 months. Defender Chevy Hart, who is no longer a Hayes player, received a four-month suspension.
Non-League Bets understands none of the players are guilty of match-fixing. Instead, it is thought the players were guilty of betting regularly on games involving other clubs in the same division. This breached rules by betting on competitions in which AFC Hayes was involved, which is strictly against FA rules, as the FA does not allow players or officials to bet on any games involving clubs in the same competition.
All three were also handed fines that include the net profits made from their bets. Shennan was fined £580.20, which includes £330.20 net profit, Goode was fined £606.42, which includes £456.42 net profit, and Hart, £145.65, which includes £45.65 net profit.
The sanctions for Shennan and Goode were set aside at an FA Independent Regulatory Commission hearing following a request by the players to receive the written reasons for the penalty before deciding whether they will appeal.