Date: 23rd July 2009 at 5:44pm
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FOUR former Accrington Stanley players hve been handed F.A. bans for between five and ten months after illegal betting patterns. This is the full FA statement on the matter.

A Regulatory Commission today announced decisions involving incidents of betting in fixtures involving five players. The summary of the charges, all of which were breaches of FA Rule E8(a) were:

Mr James Harris:

a. Case 1 – Whilst an Accrington Stanley player bet on the outcome of Accrington Stanley v Bury on 3 May 2008.

The Regulatory Commission found the charge proven and Mr Harris was fined £5,000 and suspended immediately from all football and football activities for a period of 1 year.

b. Case 2 – Whilst a Chester player placed a stake on a treble bet including:

i. The outcome of Bournemouth v Chester on 6 December 2008.

ii. The outcome of Bradford City v Dagenham & Redbridge and/or Macclesfield Town v Bury.

The Regulatory Commission found the charge proven on the basis of (ii) but not (i) and therefore Mr Harris was fined £500 and warned as to his future conduct.

Mr David Mannix:

a. Whilst an Accrington Stanley player bet on the outcome of Accrington Stanley v Bury on 3 May 2008.

The Regulatory Commission found the charge proven and Mr Mannix was fined £4,000 and suspended immediately from all football and football activities for a period of 10 months.

Mr Robert Williams:

a. Whilst an Accrington Stanley player bet on the outcome of Accrington Stanley v Bury on 3 May 2008.

The Regulatory Commission found the charge proven and Mr Williams was fined £3,500 and suspended immediately from all football and football activities for a period of 8 months.

Mr Andrew Mangan:

a. Whilst a Bury player bet on the outcome of Accrington Stanley v Bury on 3 May 2008.

The Regulatory Commission found the charge proven and Mr Mangan was fined £2,000 and suspended immediately from all football and football activities for a period of 5 months.

The case against Peter Cavanagh will be heard at a later date.


The Chairman of the Regulatory Commission , Mr Nicholas Stewart QC then went on to say:

‘The suspensions and fines are imposed because The FA rules restricting betting by players (and others) on matches or competitions in which they are involved are vital to ensure public confidence in the integrity of football and the absolute straightness of all football matches. These players were all in blatant breach of the rules. Three of the players, (Mannix, Harris and Williams) were Accrington players at the time and actually bet on the opposing team, Bury, to win. Actions which would shock any fair minded football fan. Mr Harris even played for Accrington in that match.

‘Mr Mangan did at least bet on his own Club to win but was nevertheless in serious breach of this important rule.

‘The betting offence committed against Mr Harris when he was a Chester City player merits a less severe penalty but was a clear breach of The FA rule E8(a) committed after he had already been interviewed and advised of likely charges in relation to the Accrington v Bury matter under the same rule.’