Betway removes betting on football player transfers. Online bookmaker Betway discontinues bets on football player transfers across all of its territories. This comes after two high-profile disputes involving Premier League players. It has called on other bookmakers to follow its lead.
Players from the English Premier League Daniel Sturridge (then at Liverpool FC) and Kieran Trippier (then at Tottenham Hotspurs) were both sanctioned this year by the English Football Association for violating betting rules.
Sturridge was suspended for four months and given a £75,000 fine in March following the FA ‘s announcement that the player had transferred insider details to family members so they could bet on his then mooted move to Seville FC.
Kieran Trippier on the other hand, was charged by the FA in May for leaking information to friends about his transfer to Atletico Madrid in summer 2019. He has until June 26 to respond.
“The FA have strict rules on betting and we feel that offering odds on players to move to specific clubs highlights a grey area which has caused issues in the past. It is best removed as an option. When there are hundreds of prices and markets offered on most games, this is part of the football betting experience that we are happy to see shut down,” Alan Alger, Head of Corporate Communications at Betway, said.
Under FA rules, registered professionals must not bet directly on the result, progress, any other aspect of the sport, including transfers, or instruct or enable anyone else to bet on it.
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