Wednesday 11 December 2019

McGlynn faces anxious wait as FAI investigate betting breach

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

BOHEMIANS midfielder Gareth McGlynn faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be punished for a breach of FAI rules on betting during his time with Derry City.

The winger last night confirmed he is the player being investigated for gambling on four League of Ireland matches in a period between 2008 and 2009 which didn't involve his then employers. An ex-member of Derry's backroom staff has been pursued on similar grounds. The amounts involved are believed to be minuscule.

Rule 100 forbids contracted players from betting on any league game as it is deemed to be insider trading.

McGlynn wagered on games between Cork and Wexford (August '08) Dundalk and Sligo (May '09) St Pat's v Bray (May '09) and Kildare v Longford (June '09). He is the third player to fall foul of the betting regulations in the last 18 months.

Ex-St Pat's midfielder Gary Dempsey admitted placing a €20 double bet which involved the Saints losing a match where he was unavailable. His suspension was reduced from five games to two games on appeal.

Last week, McGlynn's former team-mate Sammy Morrow was handed a six-month ban, with three months suspended by FIFA because he aided their investigation. Morrow, who has since moved on to Coleraine, was cited for 17 offences, some related to Derry games.

McGlynn came onto the radar at the same juncture, yet his fate is at the discretion of the FAI's disciplinary committee as he is still in the same jurisdiction. A hearing has provisionally been pencilled in for April 16.

"I had no knowledge relating to or influence over the outcomes of these matches and it, in fact, merely resulted in me losing money," said the 27-year-old.

"At the time that I placed these bets, I was not aware of the full text of Rule 100. I genuinely believed that the rule simply prohibited me from betting on matches involving my own club and I was shocked to discover otherwise. I accept that the placing of these bets represents a technical breach of Rule 100. However, I have not broken the spirit of the rule and I had no more advantage or knowledge than the average punter."

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