A non league footballer has been sacked after gambling on his own club’s results, it has been revealed in a statement over the weekend.
Chippenham Town midfielder Karnell Chambers has had his contract terminated after he placed a number of bets on football fixtures, some of which involving his own club.
— KarnellChambers (@ChambersKarnell) December 31, 2019
A spokesman for National League South side Chippenham Town said: “Karnell’s contract with the club has been terminated with immediate effect.
“After consideration of the facts provided by the FA and interviewing Karnell, the board decided that placing bets on Chippenham Town games in which he participated, left the Board and Management Team with a complete lack of trust and confidence in the player and as such amounted to gross misconduct.
“Whilst the FA are yet to make their decision on the matter, the club fully upholds the FA stance on not permitting players or club officials to place bets on football games, especially ones where they could influence the result of the game.”
— KarnellChambers (@ChambersKarnell) September 25, 2019
Chambers was originally suspended by the club while an investigation was launched.
The forward, who joined in March 2018, said on Twitter: “Been a great 2 years at Chippenham. Had many great memories thanks to all the support from everyone at the club and to the fans who believed in me every week.”
Been a great 2 years at Chippenham. Had many great memories thanks to all the support from everyone at the club and to the fans who believed in me every week @ChipTownFC 💙
— KarnellChambers (@ChambersKarnell) February 20, 2020
He last scored on January 4 in a 3-2 defeat to Tonbridge Angels.
Fans gave their reaction as the non league footballer gets sacked after gambling on own club’s results…
Sad to see you go mate, some great memories like your winner at Billericay. Wish you all the best for the future #OnceaBluebirdAlwaysaBluebird
— Lee (@MrLeeKington) February 20, 2020
Well this is a bit shit but all the very best with everything Nell, you and Hayley will be missed around the place. Both of you stay in touch. Speak soon Brother
— Simon Lawrence (@SimonRLawrence1) February 21, 2020
Good luck in the future you will be missed loads
— James Evans (@JamesEv30974217) February 20, 2020
All this very best in your footie career, Karnell. Really sorry to see you go! You're a talented and exciting player to watch. God bless ya, mate.
— Wayne Lawther (@WayneLawther) February 20, 2020
Go well mate 👊🏼 once a bluebird always a bluebird
— James Harding (@jamesyharding) February 20, 2020
Good luck sorry to see you go
— hayley cypher (@wantedhay) February 20, 2020
All the very best in your future. #NonLeague
— Paul Treacy. JFT96 (@PaulTreacyLFC) February 21, 2020
— luke (@brum2008) February 21, 2020
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