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Football Association under fire for double standards in gambling rules

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The Football Association (FA) is under scrutiny for its enforcement of gambling rules in football.

A recent investigation conducted by The Guardian has brought to light the possibility that Matthew Benham, owner of Premier League club Brentford FC, may have profited from bets made in his name despite FA regulations prohibiting players from engaging in gambling. Interestingly, Ivan Toney, Brentford’s star striker, received an eight-month suspension for violating the FA’s gambling rules.

However, Benham and a select group of club owners seem to enjoy an arrangement with the FA that permits them to partake in betting activities.

There is evidence suggesting that Benham generated profits through football bets placed under his name through a UK-based gambling syndicate known as MSPP Admin.

Benham asserts that he fully adheres to all FA betting regulations. The FA guidelines prohibit anyone associated with football from placing bets on matches in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.

Consequently, severe penalties are imposed on players like Toney who breach these rules.

Nonetheless, there have been calls for the FA to disclose the terms of their agreement with club owners, who are allowed to operate betting sites while owning football clubs. Benham happens to be the backer of MSPP Admin, an established London-based betting company involved in placing bets both within the UK and Hong Kong. There seems to be proof that Benham himself placed some of these bets.

The Football Association (FA) has conducted investigations to determine if Benham made any bets within the UK.

There is no indication that the syndicate has bet on Brentford or the Premier League.The fact that the FA has chosen not to disclose its policy regarding club owners and gambling has raised concerns.

Sparked discussions about transparency and fairness in sports.

Players like Ivan Toney have faced penalties for violating gambling rules while club owners navigate an uncertain situation.

The football community is urging for transparency and fairness to uphold the integrity of this game.

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