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Five players have been charged by the Football Association for breaching betting rules, with some accused of gambling thousands of pounds.

Four players then at Accrington - Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Peter Cavanagh - and Andrew Mangan, who was at Bury, have been charged.

The five have been charged with betting on a victory for Bury in Accrington's last game of last season.

All five face serious sanctions including the chance of suspensions.

Both Harris and Cavanagh played in the game which ended 2-0 to Bury.

Some bookmakers stopped taking bets on the League Two match after noticing unusual betting activity.

"All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match," said an FA statement.

"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."

Harris, who now plays for Chester City, has also been charged on betting on a game involving his new club and another two League Two fixtures.

Cavanagh has also been charged with betting on another Accrington Stanley matches in which he played and on a number of other League Two matches.

Under FA rules, players, managers or coaching staff are prohibited from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which the participant is participating or has any direct or indirect influence.

All five have until 23 April to respond to the charges.

Another former Accrington player, Leighton McGivern, recently denied an FA charge which was levelled in relation to his alleged failure to provide the FA with information requested during the investigation. [/I]

BBC SPORT | Football | League Two | Five charged with betting on game

The clubs should suspend these players immediately until this has been finished with. I imagine if they are banned then it is a sacking offence.
 

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BBC SPORT | Football | League Two | Four players banned over betting


Four players banned over betting
The match under scrutiny was between Accrington Stanley and Bury


Four professional footballers have been banned from playing for up to a year and fined for breaching betting rules.


The Football Association investigation centred on Accrington Stanley's League Two game against Bury in May 2008.

Chester's Jay Harris, who was then at Accrington, has been banned for a year and fined £5,000 over that FA charge.

His then team-mates Robert Williams and David Mannix have been banned for eight months and 10 months and ex-Bury player Andrew Mangan banned for five months.

The case against another Accrington player, Peter Cavanagh, will be heard at a later date.

Williams, who remains at Accrington, was fined £3,500 with Mannix, who is now at Chester, given a £4,000 fine and Mangan, who is now at Forest Green Rovers, £2,000.

The five players were all charged with betting on a victory for Bury in the game, which was Accrington's last game of the 2007/2008 season.

Some bookmakers stopped taking bets on the match after noticing unusual betting activity.

In addition, Harris was fined £500 for betting on at least one other match after he had moved to Chester.

Nicholas Stewart QC, chairman of the independent FA regulatory commission, which carried out the investigation, said in a statement: "The regulatory commission have serious concerns that the outcome of the match may have been fixed, although none of the players were charged with these offences.

"The betting offence committed against Mr Harris when he was a Chester City player merits a less severe penalty but was a clear breach of The FA rule E8(a) committed after he had already been interviewed and advised of likely charges in relation to the Accrington v Bury matter under the same rule."

Under FA rules, players, managers or coaching staff are prohibited from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which they are participating or have any direct or indirect influence over.
 

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whats up with the accrington stanley stuffs? pardon me.
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That saying has been around the forums last few days for various reasons.
It goes back to an old ad for Milk that was on the tv when I and many other football fans were young 'uns.

Its the bit on 27 seconds when he says 'Accrington Stanley' in a Scouse voice. Other kid says 'Who are they?' and the first lad says 'Exactly'.
thats why whenever Accrington Stanley are mentioned in ANY shape or form, we says those lines.
 

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That saying has been around the forums last few days for various reasons.
It goes back to an old ad for Milk that was on the tv when I and many other football fans were young 'uns.

Its the bit on 27 seconds when he says 'Accrington Stanley' in a Scouse voice. Other kid says 'Who are they?' and the first lad says 'Exactly'.
thats why whenever Accrington Stanley are mentioned in ANY shape or form, we says those lines.
oh. thanks for clearing that up! :thumbsup:
 
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