England FA to impose worldwide betting ban on English footballers

London: The Football Association has announced plans to impose a global betting ban on all professional footballers in England from next season.

According to the BBC, the new rules, ratified at the Football Association`s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, will apply to players in the top eight tiers of English football.

Players are currently banned from betting on competitions only in which their club is involved.

Under the new ruling, players will be unable to pass on inside information to a third party who uses it for betting.

The new rules, which will come into effect from August 1, 2014, cover betting on all games around the world, as well as "football-related matter" such as transfers, managerial appointments and team selection.

They will apply to players in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two, Conference and top Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues.

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