Thursday 8 December 2016

GAA gambling regulations trail in FAI's wake

Published 23/12/2015 | 02:30

Rules governing gambling within the GAA are in stark contrast to those of their FAI counterparts, with only two regulations in the Official GAA Guide and neither pertaining to betting on GAA games and activities. (stock picture)
Rules governing gambling within the GAA are in stark contrast to those of their FAI counterparts, with only two regulations in the Official GAA Guide and neither pertaining to betting on GAA games and activities. (stock picture)

Rules governing gambling within the GAA are in stark contrast to those of their FAI counterparts, with only two regulations in the Official GAA Guide and neither pertaining to betting on GAA games and activities.

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Under Rule 5.1(b) Uses of Property, it says "grounds controlled by Association units shall not be used or permitted to be used for Horse Racing or Greyhound Racing".

Rule 5.4 details Exclusion describing how "bookmaking shall not be permitted within Association property, with a breach resulting in a 24-month suspension".

Contrastingly, the FAI introduced new regulations in March this year under Rule 101 Betting/Gambling of their Official Rules for the Association.

Some of the most interesting rules include the following, with engagement subject to disciplinary sanction.

2. a) acting in a manner that is likely to exert an influence on the course and/or result of a match or competition by means of behaviour with a view to gaining an advantage for themselves or a third party;

b) participating directly or indirectly in betting or similar activities relating to matches or competitions or having a direct or indirect financial interest;

In June, Drogheda United's Shane Dunne got a five-match ban after betting on the Louth side to lose to Sligo Rovers by more than two goals.

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