Lincoln City FC’s Chris Maguire has been suspended indefinitely for betting on matches while actively playing. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Chris Maguire is gone indefinitely
Lincoln City FC football player Chris Maguire has been suspended indefinitely for breaching Football Association (FA) betting rules.
suspension “without prejudice until further notice”
The club confirmed their suspension “without prejudice until further notice” in a statement released on Monday morning. Maguire has until August 30 to respond to the allegations.
The former Scotland international is accused of placing 52 bets from March 2017 to February 2022 while playing for Sunderland, Oxford United and Bury FC. His actions are a clear violation of what is allowed for current players and subject him to severe penalties.
FA and betting
The FA has strict rules in place to prevent players from participating in match betting for a number of reasons.
The most obvious worry for the FA is match-fixing, which has plagued other professional sports for years.
Last month, a Nigerian soccer game went viral for its blatantly obvious match-fixing when a goalkeeper failed to save a penalty and a player kicked the ball away from goal with a ridiculous margin.
may not “bet, directly or indirectly, or direct, permit, cause or permit any person to wager”
According to FA Rule E8, active players may not “bet, directly or indirectly, or direct, authorize, induce or permit any person to bet on the outcome, progress, conduct or any other aspect or event in or in connection with, a football match or competition.
The FA followed up with a statement in which it confirmed the reason for the suspension: “Chris Maguire has been charged with misconduct in relation to an alleged breach of FA betting rules.”
Maguire joined Lincoln City of League One on a two-year deal last summer. Prior to that, he made 101 appearances for Sunderland, all in League One.
The 33-year-old made two appearances for Scotland in 2011 but hasn’t received a cap since. He started his career with Aberdeen in 2005 and played for 11 English teams in total.
Maguire is not the only player to be charged by the FA with gambling-related offenses this year. In February, West Ham United striker Andriy Yarmolenko was charged with misconduct for appearing in a betting advertisement in his native Ukraine.