Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

AC­CRING­TON STAN­LEY de­fender Peter Cavanagh has been sus­pended from foot­ball for eight months and fined £3,500 for bet­ting on his team’s match against Bury on May 3, 2008.

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced the pu­n­ish­ment fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tory com­mis­sion hear­ing.

Reg­u­la­tory com­mis­sion chair­man Ni­cholas Ste­wart QC said: “Th­ese were re­peated de­lib­er­ate breaches of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s bet­ting rules which are vi­tal to main­tain con­fi­dence in the in­tegrity of the game.

“Th­ese are se­ri­ous of­fences by a club cap­tain and there­fore must be pun­ished by a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of sus­pen­sion of eight months to­gether with a fine of £3,500.”

In July, four other play­ers were banned for be­tween five months and a year for bet­ting on the out­come of the same match.

Three of the play­ers were with Stan­ley at the time and the other at Bury, who won the game 2-0.

Jay Har­ris was banned for a year and fined a to­tal of £5,500, David Man­nix was given a 10-month ban and fined £4,000, and Robert Wil­liams was sus­pended for eight months and fined £3,500.

An­drew Mangan, who was a Bury player at the time, was banned for five months and fined £2,000 for bet­ting on his team to win. – The Tele­graph

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