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football betting scandal

The FA haven't called this match-fixing YET but when a bunch of players bet against their team and they are in the match, well that's what it is.

Players charged over gambling

An investigation into a betting scandal has led to charges against four players for staking thousands of pounds on their own team to lose.

A fifth player has also been charged by the Football Association for breaching betting rules over the same game - Accrington Stanley v Bury in Coca-Cola League Two in May last year.

An FA statement said: "All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match. Mannix is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £4,000; Mangan £3,500; Harris £2,000; Williams £1,000; and Cavanagh on a £5 accumulator."

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Rumours about this match being suspicious had been around for quite a while.

Throw the book at them. This isn't an innocent £5 bet, this is organised deceit of the club, fans, bookmakers and other punters.

Three players in the Australian A-League were caught and penalised last season for small bets in games they weren't playing in. But this is chalk and cheese. Would you want a guy playing for your club who is prepared to put a month's wages or more on the team not winning?

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