As reported in the Harrogate Advertiser, midfielder Warren Burrell looks set to be facing repercussions from the Football Association after posting a tweet lamenting a narrow loss on an accumulator.
In a tweet which he has since deleted Burrell wrote: “This is my bet that I let ride from last night….. Sheff Wednesday have had 3 disallowed goals.” It was accompanied by a screenshot of the bet in question which would have won the player £600 from his £30 stake had Sheffield Wednesday won. Burrell correctly called the results of Dijon FC, Middlesbrough, and a race at Wolverhampton.
There are strict rules in place in the UK disallowing players, both professional and semi-professional, from gambling on matches globally. The FA has confirmed it is investigating the Harrogate Town player’s post.
A response from the FA stated: “These rules exist to help protect the integrity of football, and we are committed to preserving what is great about the beautiful game.”
It continued: “A worldwide ban on betting on football came into force from 1 August 2014 for all those involved in the game at Premier League, Football League, National League and Women’s Super League levels. This ban also covers participants in the the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues.”
Managing Director at Harrogate Town Garry Plant confirmed the club was also looking into the matter and that a formal announcement would be made “in due course.”