Defender Bradley Wood has been banned for six years after twice intentionally picking up bookings during Lincoln City’s FA Cup run last year.
The defender was found guilty of committing 25 breaches of betting, including intentionally getting booked in two matches.
Wood, who now plays for Alfreton Town, contested the match-fixing charges.
But betting firms said there had been “unusual bets” placed on the 26-year-old being cautioned in both games. Seven people placed bets on him to be booked in both games, with the FA saying two of those were close acquaintances of Wood.
“In each case those individuals’ bets were atypical both in relation to their personal betting history – none had previously placed bets in the caution betting market; and in relation to the caution betting market – the size of the bets made them stand out,” the FA judgement read.
Lincoln City’s club statement read:
A FORMER Lincoln City player has been banned from football for six years after being charged by the FA with 25 incidents in relation to betting.
Bradley Wood, now playing at Alfreton Town, admitted 23 allegations that he “placed bets on the progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match”.
The charges relate to matches between October 2014 and April 2017.
Wood denied two charges relating to his conduct in two FA cup matches last year, against Ipswich Town and Burnley, in which he was booked – but the charges were found to be proven by the FA panel.
Wood was fined £3,725 and ordered to pay costs.
Lincoln City was informed about the investigation at the end of April and suspended Wood for the final two weeks of his contract. In May the club released the player.
Liam Scully, Chief Executive, said the club were deeply disappointed by the news.
“This football club takes its own integrity, and the integrity of football as whole, extremely seriously so were shocked and saddened to be informed of the allegations,” he said.
“We acted quickly when we were first informed and have, at the request of the FA and for the sake of Bradley Wood, kept the allegations private until the matter was resolved.
“We wholeheartedly condemn any behaviour which could tarnish the reputation of football as a sport and have given the FA our complete support in conducting the investigation.
“It is important to note, however, that these charges relate to the individual actions of a single player and it is accepted by everyone that they played no part in the results of games.”
“We are relieved the matter has now been brought to a conclusion.”
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