FA proposes complete betting ban for football matches worldwide

Johannesburg: The English Football Association (FA) has reportedly proposed a complete ban on betting on any football match or competition anywhere in the world for any person involved in England`s top eight tiers.

Betting by players and managers has come under the spotlight recently, with League One (third division) club Tranmere Rovers sacking manager Ronnie Moore for a breach of contract after he admitted breaking FA betting rules.

According to Sport24, participants are currently blocked from betting on a match or competition they have been involved in that season or on which they have any direct or indirect influence, although FA has recommended a total worldwide betting ban, as well as a prohibition on betting on any football-related matters.

Director of football governance regulation Darren Bailey said that the FA rules form only one part of the overall framework for the regulation of betting and maintaining the integrity of the English game, adding that education remains a key part of their work.

Participants are also currently banned from using or passing on inside information for betting and the report mentioned that the proposed rule change needs agreement at the FA shareholders annual general meeting next month.