Saturday 23 February 2019

Athlone Town striker handed seven-match ban in fresh betting scandal

Jason Lyons
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Athlone Town striker Jason Lyons has been handed a seven-game ban for breaking the FAI's rules on betting

Lyons has found the net four times in 22 games this season and was found to have bet small amounts on three Athlone games he was playing in, including one as captain.

He will miss Athlone's final two games of the season and the first five of next season.

He played for Ireland at the World University Games in Taipei last month.

This case has nothing to do with match-fixing.

Lyons' Athlone teammates  Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan were banned for 12-months after a four-month match-fixing investigation.

The FAI deemed them guilty of gambling, manipulating matches and bringing the game into disrepute.

Both have appealed the FAI's decision.

They are awaiting a date to appear in front of another three-person panel selected by the association.

If their appeals are unsuccessful, they are free to bring their case to an Independent Arbitrator.

There final avenue of appeal should that fail would by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

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