One of the leading bookmakers in the UK is to stop taking bets on football transfers, and has urged its main rivals to follow suit.
Betway has decided to change its policy in the light of two high profile cases involving former and current England internationals. FA rules prohibit club employees from using insider knowledge that they may have gained to place bets, or encourage others, to wager on transfer movement.
Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker was given a four month ban from the game after a series of bets were placed by family members on a potential transfer when the left Anfield in January 2018.
And England right-back Kieran Trippier has also landed himself in hot water. Although he did not place a bet himself, a number of wagers were placed by friends of his when he was joking with them about possibly moving from Spurs to Atlético Madrid last summer.
He has pleaded his innocence but faces a suspension and a large fine if found guilty.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.