Date: 9th August 2009 at 2:52pm
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PETER Cavanagh, the captain of Accrington Stanley, has been banned from football for eight months and fined £3,500 for betting against the Reds in a game that took place in 2008.

Cavanagh was one of four Accrington Stanley players to place bets on a Bury win, when the Shakers visited the Crown Ground at the end of the 2007/08 season, a game that Bury went on to win.

The ban took immidiate effect and Cavanagh was forced to watch Stanley lose to Rotherham from the stands, something he will have to do for a further eight months, until eligable to play again in May 2010. A fine of £3,500 was also ordered by an independent FA regulatory commission.

A disciplinary panel expressed ‘serious concerns’ that the match may have been fixed to go in Bury’s favour.

Last month saw former Stanley players Jay Harris, David Mannix and Robbie Williams banned for between eight months and a year with combined fines of £13,000 with Harris being hit hardest with £5,500 to stump up.

Andrew Mangan, who was then a contracted Bury player but on loan with Accrington, was banned for five months and fined £2,000 for betting on his team (Bury) to win.

It is thought that all four players banned following last month’s hearing will appeal.

Mannix was said to have bet approximately £4,000; Harris £2,000; Williams £1,000; and Cavanagh on a £5 accumulator. Which as you can imagine, would leave the players quids in when the result came off.