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Work by the Gambling Commission's intelligence team results in FA six year footballer ban

19 April 2018

Information reported to the Gambling Commission has resulted in a football player being banned for six years by the Football Association (FA).

Bradley Wood, former Lincoln City FC defender, has been handed a six-year ban by football’s sport’s governing body. This is in relation to the 2017 FA Cup 5th Round match between Burnley and Lincoln City FC.

A betting firm, licensed by the Gambling Commission, identified and reported suspicious betting activity that the player would receive a yellow card during the match.

The FA’s robust action (opens in new tab) was taken as a result of collaborative work between the Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit, the FA and the betting industry.

Gambling Commission acting Executive Director, Richard Watson, said: “Professional footballers, and indeed those in other sports, must pay attention to Bradley Wood’s ban by the FA. This clear breach of FA rules is not acceptable and damages the integrity of sport.

“Through working with gambling firms, sports governing bodies and the public we can work hard to continue to keep crime out of British gambling and sport.”

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Last updated: 24 May 2021

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