Bath City among 22 clubs contacted by FA over 'suspicious betting activity' in Blue Square Bet South
Bath City are one of 22 clubs to have been contacted by the Football Association over suspicious betting patterns in Blue Square Bet South.
The governing body, along with the Gambling Commission, has appealed to all of the division’s member clubs for information about possible rule breaches. All have been asked to remind players and officials of their responsibilities in this area.
Two firms are not taking bets on City’s home game with Chelmsford City on Saturday, along with those involving Billericay Town and AFC Hornchurch.
A Chelmsford statement read: “Today, we became aware of an investigation into suspicious betting patterns involving a number of Blue Square Bet South matches.
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“We have been contacted by authorities to discuss these circumstances, and will continue to cooperate with their enquiries.
“The FA and the Gambling Commission are looking into betting activity on a number of fixtures played in the Conference South, and all member clubs have been approached. We understand our responsibilities under the betting and integrity rules of The FA, and will be making no further comment on this matter.”
An FA statement read: "The FA and the Gambling Commission have become aware of suspicious betting activity on a number of matches played in the Football Conference South.
"Following recent communications with the Gambling Commission, The FA, in conjunction with the Football Conference, is contacting all clubs playing in the Football Conference South to advise them immediately of our concern about this suspicious betting activity.
"Clubs have also been asked to remind their players and officials of their responsibilities under the betting and integrity rules of The FA.
"Anyone with any information regarding possible breaches of these rules has been advised to come forward to The FA or to the Gambling Commission.
"In the meantime, we are continuing to work together with the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit in further assessing the evidence regarding these suspicious betting patterns.
"The FA will be making no further comment on this matter."
A Football Conference spokesman added it was "inappropriate to make any comment at this stage of the investigation”.