Having admitted making 183 bets on football matches, League 1 team Wycombe Wanderers’ forward Scott Kashket was disciplined with a two-month suspension and £3446 fine.
Kashket was fined last month by the Football Association (FA) following a period between 2014 and 2016, during his tenure at Leyton Orient, where the bets were made. Kashket lost £1.067.75 in total and won £946.13 with the latter amount added to the original £2.500 FA fine.
Of Kashket’s 183 bets, it is claimed that 65 were in contests in which Leyton Orient took part, with 19 matches involving the squad, including 10 betting against his hand.
Scott Kashket declared: “I regret my actions and will learn from the experience to improve myself both as a person and a player. I am thankful to Wycombe Wanderers for their ongoing support and am determined to come back stronger in two months’ time.”
The independent regulatory commission has confirmed that he has not played in any matches on which he has placed a bet while adding that there is no attempt to use ‘ inside information ‘ or match-fix.
The club stated: “Wycombe Wanderers continues to offer its full support to Scott, and while the club does not condone rule breaches of this nature, it recognises that the charge relates entirely to a difficult period in Scott’s career at his previous club Leyton Orient.”
The penalties also include a potential extended ban if the player infringes FA’s betting rules further.
Wycombe Wanderers ‘ prospective majority shareholder Rob Couhig concluded: “I have found Scott to be a first-rate person and, while this is not an excuse for his actions, the treatment he sustained at Leyton Orient – under their previous ownership structure – was unconscionable.
“I am glad he has taken personal responsibility for his actions, and that Leyton Orient are under new progressive ownership and leadership. We now look forward to drawing a line under the situation and having Scott fully fit and refreshed for the final few weeks of the season.”
Couhig refers to issues of ownership reported and the financial crisis of Leyton Orients under Francesco Becchetti, when Kashket was playing for the side. In the same statement, both the club and the player announced they would not appeal the decision.