Betting Scandal Engulfs French Players
I thought British players were a bit thick in terms of not understanding what they should and shouldn’t do, such as in the case of ex-Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling who didn’t realise he was breaking FA rules with his football gambling.
However, over the Channel it seems as though the French players are giving our not so bright homegrown ones a run for their money.
The French League (LFP) has just issued a statement announcing 87 of the registered 1600 professional players in France are under investigation, having allegedly failed to take heed of regulations banning players from betting on LFP competitions.
The French League and French Football Federation have ran big campaigns to educate players as to what the rules are, though this has apparently had little to no effect.
Better than one in twenty of all the professional players in the top three divisions in France have been caught up in this scandal.
It was hardly difficult for the authorities to catch the players out, simply crosschecking files held by the betting regulators ARJEL and then comparing it with the names and details of the 1600 pros.
The French league insist there is no suspicion of fraud or match fixing but the conduct of many of the players has really taken it to an extreme.
The rule breakers are said to include twenty three players who backed against their own club, which included five who also took part in the matches on which they’d laid bets.
The 87 reportedly include 19 players from Ligue 1, 54 from Ligue 2 and 14 from the National (third division). The average amount gambled was just 20 euros, but 14 players bet more than 500 euros.
Over in France the public are questioning the education of French players on two counts; the first is how they weren’t able to understand the rules they were breaking, plus in addition the fcat of how easy it was to find out if the players had been gambling.
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