Five English professionals were yesterday charged with breaking the Football Association’s betting rules by gambling thousands of pounds on a League Two match last season.
The quintet are accused of betting on Accrington Stanley’s final game of the 2007-2008 season at home to Bury.
Under FA rules, players, managers or coaching staff are prohibited from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which the participant is participating or has any direct or indirect influence.
Four of the accused then at Accrington — Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Peter Cavanagh — and Andrew Mangan, who was at Bury, have been charged with betting on a victory for Accrington.
Harris and Cavanagh played in the game which Bury won.
Harris, now at Chester City, has also been charged in relation to betting on a game involving his new club and another two League Two fixtures.
Cavanagh has been charged with further breaches in relation to betting on a number of other League Two matches.