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Accrington Stanley MD Sanctioned After Admitting FA Betting Charges

Mon 19th Aug 2013 | Legal

The FA have confirmed that Accrington Stanley Managing Director, Robert Heys has been suspended from all football activity after admitting to breaches of the FA’s betting rules.

Heys, who admitted 735 breaches over a 10-year period at an FA hearing last Thursday, has been suspended from all football and football activity for a period of 21 months.

A statement released by the FA read, “Accrington Stanley managing director, Robert Heys has been suspended from all football and football activity for a period of 21 months with immediate effect and fined £1,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”

In a full and frank admission on his official website, Heys admitted the breaches and his cooperation with the FA’s investigation.

“Last Thursday I attended a Regulatory Commission at the FA where I made a full and frank admission to 735 breaches of the FA betting rules, spanning a period of ten years. These bets were made via a number of online betting accounts which I had at that time – all of which are now closed,” the statement read.

“During the FA investigation I cooperated fully and provided them with all information they requested, including providing details of betting accounts that they had no prior knowledge of.”

However, Heys has made it known that he had unwittingly broken the rules due to the changes made over recent years.

“The FA betting rules have changed several times over the years and as a result of some of those changes I have unwittingly broken the regulations.” 

Heys has notified The FA of his intention to appeal.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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