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Leeds United player suspended for betting rules breach

The English Football Association (FA) has suspended Leeds United player Jordan Stevens from all football and football-related activities for six weeks with immediate effect for gambling offences.

The 19-year old was also handed a £1,200 fine, after he admitted a misconduct charge, following an allegation that the player placed 59 bets on football matches between 6 August 2018 and 27 May 2019.

“The Commission accepts that in this particular case there are a modest amount of bets in total, and the amount staked was similarly modest at £510.12. The Commission had particular regard to the 23 bets which were placed on games in competitions into which Leeds United were entered and, of those 23 bets, the five bets which were placed on games involving his own club,” explained FA regulatory commission.

“It is notable that three of the bets were placed on Leeds United to win and two were on both teams to score twice. We accept the FA’s submission that those five bets are the most serious aspect of the case,” added statement.

The club has promised to stand by his player, and also found the suspension to be an excessive penalty.

“We are hugely disappointed in the FA’s choice of sanction. To prevent a young footballer from taking part in any football activities at such a critical period of his career is a disproportionate punishment following a foolish mistake from a young player,” said Leeds United Chief Executive Angus Kinnear.

Also, a few days earlier, Everton defender, Yerry Mina got away from his troubles with a warning over his future conduct and a £10,000 fine. Colombian had featured in an advertisement, promoting South American betting operator, Betjuego.

“The Everton FC defender breached FA Rule E8(3) by participating in an advertisement for betting activity which he is prohibited from engaging in,” explained FA in the statement.

The advert in question had only aired for around one month after 24-year-old Mina had demanded it be removed as soon as he was informed that he was in breach of the FA’s betting rules. He also did not profit directly from the advert, as the fee was earmarked to go to the ‘Yerry Mina Foundation,’ a charitable organisation set up by him in 2016 to help disadvantaged young people from his home town in Colombia.

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