FA Probe Irregular Arsenal Betting after suspicious yellow card
Following complaints of abnormal betting patterns, the Football Association (FA) is investigating a yellow card obtained by an Arsenal player during a Premier League match.
According to The Athletic, bookmakers alerted the FA when odd betting patterns were discovered in a match earlier this season. A disproportionate number of bets were apparently put on an Arsenal player obtaining a yellow card.
According to the article, the identity of the player is known, but the magazine has agreed not to divulge it for the time being owing to privacy concerns.
Although it is known that the situation is not being investigated formally by the authority, an FA spokesperson stated, “The FA is aware of the matter in question and is looking into it.”
Spot-betting, as opposed to betting on the overall outcome of a match, includes clients making bets on individual aspects of the game, such as bookings, throw-ins, or corners.
According to BBC Sport, Lincoln player Bradley Wood received a six-year suspension in April 2018 after being purposely booked twice during his club’s participation in the FA Cup the previous season. He was sentenced to a five-year suspension for match-fixing offenses, followed by a 12-month term after admitting to 22 counts of betting on the outcome of matches and one count of passing on information.
According to another Guardian report, Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield was sentenced to four months in prison in 2012 after confessing to bowling in a way that permitted a particular number of runs to be scored during a Natwest Pro40 match.
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“The Commission’s job will remain as a facilitator and enabler, sharing best practices among the Local Authorities,” Burkitt said.
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