Black handed ban for betting

Rangers midfielder Ian Black has been handed an immediate three-match ban, with a further seven games suspended, after breaching betting rules.

Last Updated: 12/09/13 at 17:56 Post Comment

Ian Black: Rangers midfielder admitted to breaching the betting rules

Ian Black: Rangers midfielder admitted to breaching the betting rules

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Black, who has five days to appeal his punishment, has also been fined £7,500 for the offence.

At a hearing at Hampden Park on Thursday, Black admitted charges of betting on his then-registered club not to win three times between 4 March 2006 and 28 July 2013.

The 28-year-old former Hearts and Inverness CT player also admitted betting on a further 10 matches which involved his own club and he received a warning over bets he placed on a further 147 fixtures.

It is the first time a player in Scotland has been punished for breaking gambling regulations and the suspended seven-match ban will be served if Black breaks the rules again this season.

Black played for Inverness until 2009 before spending three years at Hearts and then moving to Rangers last year.

No breach of rule 23

The disciplinary tribunal outcome stated that there was no evidence to suggest he had breached rule 23, which prohibits players and officials knowingly behaving in a "manner, during or in connection with a match in which the party has participated or has any influence, either direct or indirect, which could give rise to an event in which they or any third party benefits financially through betting."

And Black's lawyer Liam O'Donnell issued a statement which read: "I wish to clarify that Ian Black received a censure in respect of betting on 147 games that did not involve his own team.

"He received a 10-match ban (seven suspended to the end of the season) in relation to 13 games involving his own team.

"In fairness the general nature of these bets was relatively small sums on fixed odds coupons and multiple game accumulators."

Rangers released a statement which said: "Rangers Football Club notes today's verdict by the Judicial Panel, which has imposed a 10-match ban and £7,500 fine on Ian Black.

"Three of the matches will be served immediately - meaning the player would miss games against Arbroath, Queen of the South and Forfar - and a further seven games will be suspended until the end of the 2013/14 season.

"Black would be free to return to action against Stenhousemuir on Saturday, 28 September, 2013."

Wishart calls for clarity

PFA Scotland's chief executive Fraser Wishart has called for a clarification of the rules regarding betting.

"I think we have to have an open and frank discussion," he said.

"Now is the time for all stakeholders to get together. In my time as a player, no one ever told me about club rules and about the rules which affected me.

"Perhaps the players need to take a bit responsibility for that but I think every stakeholder in the game, including ourselves as players' union, have to take responsibility for that.

"It's now in the public domain, so let's have a chat about it, let's have a review."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

World Cup final: Mario Gotze scores in extra-time as Germany beat Argentina 1-0

Germany won the World Cup final for a fourth time after Mario Gotze's extra-time volley sealed a 1-0 win over Argentina.

Premier League: Manchester City suffer shock pre-season defeat to Dundee

A Dundee trialist scored as Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a shock pre-season defeat in Scotland.

World Cup final: Manuel Neuer hails Germany team spirit after win over Argentina

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hailed his side's remarkable team spirit after their 1-0 win over Argentina in Rio.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property