Premier League Star Charged By FA For Alleged Breaching Of Betting Rules

Premier League Star Charged By FA For Alleged Breaching Of Betting Rules

West Ham Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta has been charged by the English Football Association with spot-fixing offences in four Premier League matches.

Paqueta denied any wrongdoing but the FA has charged him in relation to his conduct in matches against Leicester in November 2022, Aston Villa in March 2023, Leeds in May 2023 and Bournemouth last August.

Lucas Paqueta

“It’s alleged that he directly sought to influence the progress, conduct, or any other aspect of, or occurrence in these matches by intentionally seeking to receive a card from the referee for the improper purpose of affecting the betting market in order for one or more persons to profit from betting,” said a statement from the FA via Sky Sports.

Also, Paqueta has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule F3 in respect of alleged failures to comply pursuant to FA Rule F2, which relates to providing information and documents.

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The midfielder denied the allegations in a statement on X, writing: “I am extremely surprised and upset that The FA has decided to charge me.

“For nine months, I have co-operated with every step of their investigation and provided all the information I can.

“I deny the charges in their entirety and will fight with every breath to clear my name. Due to the ongoing process, I will not be providing any further comment.”

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