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England set for blanket betting ban for players

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association moved closer Wednesday to ban anyone involved in soccer from betting on any match in the world.

A rule change was unanimously recommended by the FA Council, and will take effect next season if approved by the FA's annual general meeting in May.

Players, coaches and officials currently are only banned from betting on matches in competitions involving their team. But under the new regulations, the FA says anyone in the top eight divisions in England could be banned from "betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition anywhere in the world."

The FA's plans for such a stringent ban were first reported by The Associated Press in 2009, but are only now being pushed through following a string of high-profile cases.