Northern Ireland International Striker, Kyle Lafferty, has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over “misconduct in relation to betting.” The 28-year old Norwich City player was accused of breaching the FA’s rule E8 on 20 February this year after placing a bet on a football game.
“It is alleged that on 20 February 2016, the Norwich City forward placed a bet on the result, progress, conduct, or any other aspect of, or occurrence in a football match or competition in breach of FA Rule E8,” read a statement by the FA. “Lafferty has until 5 August to respond to the charge.”
Rule E8 forbids professional football players from betting on matches they are playing in or have any influence on. The rule also prevents players from betting on any worldwide football related business, including matches, team selection, transfers or disciplinary issues.
On the date that Lafferty is accused to have breached the betting rules, neither Norwich City, nor Northern Ireland played games.
Last season, Lafferty spent some time on loan at Birmingham City which he joined on March 24 after struggling to become part of the first-team at Carrow Road. He also played three times for Northern Ireland in Euro 2016.
Other players have been charged by the FA for betting breaches in the past. In 2013, England winger Andros Townsend received a four month suspension and was fined £18,000 for breaching betting regulations. Also in 2013, Cameron Jerome from Norwich received a fine of £50,000 and in 2014, Dan Gosling was fined £30,000. In May 2016, Martin Demichelis, former Manchester City defender admitted to breaking the rules and received a warning and was fined £22,000.