AFC Wimbledon Manager Suspended For Breaching Betting Rules

English League One football club AFC Wimbledon has announced the suspension of it’s manager Wally Downes, after the English Football Association (FA) filed a misconduct complaint for breaching its betting rules.

According to the FA, Downes is said to have put eight reservations on football games between the period 30 November 2013 to 12 July 2019.

The FA claimed that Downes was in violation of FA Rule E8, which prohibits any match official, whether coaching employees or anyone associated with a team below phase 4 within the English National League System, from playing or instructing anyone to vote on the result of a game or any other football-related matter.

Downes has until 4 October to provide an official reply to the FA indictment. Downes has been manager of AFC Wimbledon since November 2018.

In a club statement, AFC Wimbledon stated that the complaint specifically linked to the infringement of FA Rule E8(b), which relates to the fact that a person engaged in football supplied data that was not openly accessible at the moment to someone for betting purposes. In its statement, the FA did not quote this exact rule.

“Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course,” AFC Wimbledon said.

Glyn Hodges, first team assistant manager, will be in charge of the squad for the game against Peterborough United on September 28. AFC Wimbledon is presently 23rd in League One.