Players charged over gambling
The FA has charged five players with breaching betting rules ahead of Accrington's match against Bury last season.
Last Updated: 07/04/09 1:59pm
The Football Association has charged five players with breaching betting rules ahead of Accrington's match against Bury last season.
Bury beat Accrington 2-0 in their final League Two game of 2007/8 and the players concerned have been charged with betting on a Shakers victory.
Four players then at Accrington - Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Peter Cavanagh - and Andrew Mangan, who was at Bury, are the individuals at the centre of the controversy.
Both Harris and Cavanagh played in the game, while all five face serious sanctions including the possibility of long suspensions if the charges are proven.
An FA statement said: "All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match. Mannix is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £4,000; Mangan £3,500; Harris £2,000; Williams £1,000; and Cavanagh on a £5 accumulator."
The FA was alerted after bookmakers in the North West reported unusual betting patterns in the lead-up to the match with higher than usual amounts being staked in particular areas of the country.
Harris, who is now registered at Chester alongside Mannix, has also been charged in relation to betting on a game involving his new club and another two League Two fixtures.
Cavanagh has also been charged with further breaches in relation to his betting on another Accrington match in which he played and on a number of other League Two matches.
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.