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Football: English FA tightens betting rules for new season

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:47 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Tough new rules introduced by the Football Association will outlaw all football-related betting for players, club employees and match officials in the top eight tiers of the English game.

The draconian new rules mean betting on any match, be it domestic or anywhere in the world, will be prohibited from the start of the 2014-15 season.

Betting on off-field developments such as managerial sackings and player transfers will also be banned.

The crackdown applies to bets made in person, online, on the telephone or through a friend or any third party, the FA states on its website, which contains a video explaining the tightening of its gambling rules.

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