FA Bans AFC Wimbledon Manager Wally Downes

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The English Football Association (FA) gave a 28-day ban on all football and football-related activity to AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes after acknowledging that it breached its betting laws.

Last month, after the FA alleged that he had made eight bets on football matches between November 30, 2013 and July 12, 2019, Downes was suspended by the English League One club.

FA Rule E8 forbids all game officials, coaching staff and anyone with a club under stage four in the English National League System from gambling or instructing anyone to bet on the outcome of a game or any other football-related issues.

In a statement, the FA announced that Downes admitted placing the bets and that he will now serve a suspension until November 14, 2019. In addition, Downes was ordered to pay a £ 3,000 fine (€ 3,468/$3,865).

“Downes placed five bets on football matches between 30 November 2013 and 30 January 2014, and three bets between 16 March 2019 and 12 July 2019,” the FA said.

AFC Wimbledon, which has been managed by Downes since November 2018, said in due course it will make a statement. The FA also fined Huddersfield Town £ 50,000 last month after stunting the Paddy Power sponsorship of the Championship club found it in breach of kit and advertisement laws.

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