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A blanket ban on betting in football is poised to be introduced by the Football Association next season after its Council was asked to ratify new rules aimed at tackling corruption in the game.

Approval is expected to be granted on Wednesday at the FA Council meeting for the outlawing of gambling on matches of any kind by employees of English clubs.

The proposed ban will apply to players, managers and other members of staff all the way down to the eighth tier of the game, three levels below the Conference.

The vote on Wednesday will take place 24 hours after Ronnie Moore, the Tranmere Rovers manager, became the latest high-profile figure to admit breaching the FA’s current rules in relation to betting, something for which he is facing a ban.

Those regulations prevent participants gambling on any competition in which their team have been involved in a given season.

However, a spate of rule breaches in the last year and a surge in problem gambling among footballers has convinced the FA to revisit a proposal mooted by former chairman Lord Triesman in 2009.

Just under 12 months ago Andros Townsend, the England and Tottenham Hotspur winger, became the first Premier League player revealed to have fallen foul of betting regulations and he has since been followed by Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome and Newcastle United’s Dan Gosling.

It is hoped that the blanket ban could also prevent players racking up heavy debts which would make them more vulnerable to match-fixers.

Players would be banned from personally endorsing betting operators which offer markets on English football, although clubs and governing bodies will still be able to use them to promote gambling-industry sponsors.

If given the green light by the FA Council, the rule changes will be put to the governing body’s shareholders for final approval next month.

The proposed changes come in the wake of investigations spearheaded by the Telegraph into match manipulation in the English game.

Five men denied charges of match-fixing at Birmingham Crown Court last month, while 13 current and former players were arrested last week in the biggest alleged spot-fixing scandal this country has seen.

All of them are thought to deny any wrongdoing but the emergence of such cases has prompted the FA to examine whether its anti-corruption processes need bolstering.

One proposal is to explore ways the reporting of match-fixing can be better encouraged, including incentivising people to come forward.

Offering amnesties to those who have good reason for not immediately reporting an approach by fixers and reduced sentences for information that leads to the prosecution of others is thought to have been discussed.

There is also believed to have been talk of punishing clubs if several of their players have been found guilty of match-fixing and there were reasonable steps officials could have taken to tackle the problem.

Another idea is said to have revolved around integrity training becoming a condition of players’ participation in the English game.


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I can spot one major flaw with this already.

Footballers have friends, wags and family. You might stop footballers placing bets online and in bookies, but you won't stop footballers having bets on.

I don't, if they have morals and abide by the rule they won't.

Jockeys are not allowed to bet. Very rarely see a jockey get into trouble for betting

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