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The FA Has Contacted Bookmakers

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The Football Association has contacted bookmakers seeking their observations after payments were apparently made to punters who had wagered bets at odds of on the specific time of John Terry’s substitution against Sunderland.The Football Association has issued its first life bans after being shown previously unseen footage of England supporters making Nazi salutes and slit-throat gestures amid growing fears among security officials that the national team have become a focal point for a new generation of troublemakers. The tumultuous career of Joey Barton looks finally to have come to an end after the controversial footballer was banned from the game for months on betting charges.Barton, who is registered as a player with Burnley in the Premier League, accepted Football Association charges that accused him of having placed bets on football matches between. This figure included at least five matches in which he was a player. Professional footballers are banned from making any bets on their own sport. Other footage showed an England follower holding a finger above his lips to imitate Hitler, in between gesturing that he would stab Germany’s supporters, during March’s game in Dortmund that became an opportunity for many travelling Englishmen to go through their repertoire of songs about the second world war. Paddy Power had accepted the bets on Terry being replaced matching his shirt number, in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture of the campaign, the last as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge. The then Sunderland manager, David Moyes, said after the match his team had known it was coming and had raised no objections. The visiting goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was reminded by Diego Costa and duly kicked the ball out of play to allow the substitution to take place. Despite having admitted to the offences Barton, plans to appeal against the length of his suspension and claims that there was nothing untoward or suspicious about his behaviour. In a lengthy statement posted on his website Barton said: The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. To be clear from the outset here this is not match fixing and at no point in any of this is my integrity in question. While the Premier League is believed to be relaxed about the matter, content the player’s withdrawal did not contravene any of their rules, the FA has now instigated a dialogue with betting companies to ascertain the precise chain of events on Sunday. The governing body has requested any relevant information. There is no suggestion that the decision to substitute Terry was anything other than Chelsea’s attempt to give their captain a proper send-off as his spell at the club draws to a close, and no suspicious betting patterns have, as yet, been reported. Of people identified by the UK Football Policing Unit, turned out to be members of the official England Supporters Travel Club. Sixteen have now been banned for periods ranging from six months to five years and the other four have received warning letters. However, the authorities accept the real number of offenders is significantly higher and that in terms of antisocial behaviour, England have one of the worst followings of any football nation.

Having consulted with my friends and lawyers, I have decided I will be appealing against the length of the ban.I hope that I shall be afforded a fair hearing by an independent appeal panel. If I am, we are confident that the sanction will be reduced to a fair one that both reflects the offences as well as the mitigating factors and the fact that there was nothing untoward or suspicious about the bets I made. Intelligence reports have also revealed that many of those causing problems are aged and fit a new profile of troublemaker who operate differently to the old category C hooligans and regard England’s travels with a stag-weekend culture where they take pride in behaving badly. The FA’s rules regarding match-fixing state that: Fixing is arranging in advance the result or conduct of a match or competition, or any event within a match or competition. Comparisons have been drawn with the incident, still under investigation, in which the Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw resigned after eating a pie during February’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal. However, the bet involving Shaw was offered on the open market by a bookmaker, whereas wagers on Terry’s substitution followed an inquiry by a punter. We replied to a novelty request for odds on John Terry’s substitution one of hundreds on the Chelsea game and fair play to the three punters who were on at odds Paddy Power said in a statement. To be honest the only mistake here is we should have clocked sooner there’d be another cringe-worthy Chelsea sendoff for JT. Barton returned to the Premier League only in January after five years’ absence. His career has taken in spells at six clubs including Manchester City and Glasgow Rangers and he also earned a solitary cap for England during the reign of Steve McClaren. But the Merseyside-born midfielder will be remembered as much for his misdemeanours as for his performances. In December he was fined six weeks’ wages for stubbing a lit cigar in the eye of a young team-mate during Manchester City’s Christmas party. In May he was suspended by the same club after a training-ground altercation which later led to assault charges for which he received a four-month suspended jail sentence. Later that year he was arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and was charged with common assault and affray, and in May was jailed for six months. In May Barton was banned for matches for violent conduct when playing for Queens Park Rangers. Two supporters were separately identified by travel club officials making Nazi gestures and the FA is so concerned it has banned them for life, in contrast to the kind of punishments that have previously been handed out. One racist incident, for instance, in led to a supporter receiving a five-year ban. However, there are now clear indications the FA wants to take an increasingly tough stance. situs judi bola

Using information from its own staff, the travel club has also banned another nine members for various offences, including aggressive behaviour and ticket scams around the Germany game, with two others receiving warnings and one case pending. While Terry suggested post-match that he had proposed the substitution in the minute that matched his shirt number, it is understood the decision was made jointly by the captain, the manager, Antonio Conte, and senior players in the squad who had deliberated how best to grant the former England captain the best farewell. Conte had hoped to use the game against Sunderland, which was eventually won by his side, as a means of maintaining key players’ form before Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal. A system is being introduced whereby a team of six Wembley stewards will start to travel abroad to England’s fixtures and supporters have been emailed warnings that misbehaviour will not be tolerated around the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden on Saturday England have a ticket allocation for what is always a high-risk fixture and, when it comes to the habit of supporters gathering in a main square, the FA wants supporters to realise that drinking alcohol in the streets is forbidden in Glasgow. There was a precedent at Chelsea, with Didier Drogba carried off by his team-mates midway through the first half of his farewell appearance, also against Sunderland, on the day Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy. Terry’s substitution process on his appearance for the club had begun when the clock ticked on to minutes, making it the minute of the match, and by the time he left the field through a guard of honour formed by his team-mates it was the minute, yet Paddy Power honoured the bets, saying: Clearly the send-off was planned for the minute to commemorate JT, hence why we paid out. Barton’s ban comes at a time when football has never been more closely intertwined with the gambling industry. Eleven of the current Premier League sides wear the logos of betting companies on their shirts, while the Football League itself is sponsored by a gambling company. The growth in online or remote gambling has meant that not just every match but most of the elements within them can now be gambled upon. Recent estimates at the amount of gambling losses accrued in the UK put the total at around per person per year. The Scottish and English football associations, along with the police, are concerned about the 5pm kick-off, designated by Uefa, and the potential for drunkenness. That, however, raises questions about why the authorities have not made a concerted push to persuade Uefa to bring it forward. One of the other problems, namely England fans travelling without tickets, has been exacerbated by the number of supporters who have dropped out of the travel club since a controversial system was put in place in January whereby ticket-holders were offered two loyalty points for attending Wembley games and only one for going abroad with the team. That system has now been changed to two points each but the FA privately accepts it was a mistake to change it in the first place, not least because many supporters now travel independently and get tickets from touts or other means.

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