Bohs' McGlynn set to launch appeal against two-month ban for betting
BOHEMIANS midfielder Gareth McGlynn will launch an appeal after being hit with a two-month ban for gambling on League of Ireland matches during his time with Derry City.
The severity of the punishment has enraged his manager Pat Fenlon and the players' union (PFAI). McGlynn will be unavailable from April 30 until June 29, after the FAI's Disciplinary Committee reached their verdict.
McGlynn was in breach of Rule 100, which forbids a League of Ireland player from punting on any matches in the league. He placed five bets, ranging from £20 to £100, on fixtures not involving his then employers. All were losing bets.
The winger has received the same punishment as Derry backroom staff member Colum O'Neill, who staked on six Candystripes matches.
Ex-Derry striker Sammy Morrow, now plying his trade with Coleraine in the Irish League, was recently handed a three-month ban by FIFA for a range of bets last year including games which he participated in.
The FAI are keen to take a hard line on betting issues in the domestic game.
In 2008, then St Patrick's Athletic midfielder Gary Dempsey hit the headlines after placing a bet on his team to lose as part of a double bet.
Dempsey, who didn't play in the game in question, was suspended by his club and subsequently received a five-match ban, which was reduced to two games on appeal.
McGlynn's team are perplexed by the decision, arguing that the 27-year-old should not have been judged in the same bracket as O'Neill and Morrow because his indiscretions related to non-Derry encounters.