England’s Football Association has suspended three non-league players from all football activity after they admitted multiple breaches of the FA’s betting rules.

The three play for AFC Hayes, a club which players in the Southern League Division One Central, the eighth tier of English football.

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the players were found to have breached the FA’s rules by betting on matches in which they were playing. They were not involved in any match-fixing activities. In total the players have been banned from all football activity for three years and four months.

Striker Lawrence Shennan was suspended for two years and fined £580.20, which includes the £330.20 net profit made from the bets, while goalkeeper Ben Goode was suspended for one year and fined £606.42, which includes the £456.42 net profit made from the bets. Defender Chevy Hart, who is no longer with the club, was suspended for four months and fined £145.65, which includes the £45.65 net profit made from the bets.

The sanctions for Shennan and Goode have been set aside following a request for them to receive the written reasons before deciding whether to appeal.

Meanwhile Oldham Athletic have sacked 22-year old Colombian winger Cristian Montano after his arrest earlier this month as part of a match-fixing betting ring.

The club said that after a thorough investigation to the conduct of Cristian Montano and following lengthy discussions with its team of legal advisers at CM Solicitors, a decision has been made to dismiss the player.

“Notwithstanding and without prejudice to the ongoing criminal investigation, it is our view that the player’s conduct, in not only bringing the name of Oldham Athletic but also the Football authorities into disrepute, amounts to very serious breaches of club discipline, and therefore constitutes gross misconduct,” said the club in a statement Monday.

“Oldham Athletic take matters such as this extremely seriously and believe it was essential to act as swiftly as possible in conjunction with our legal advisers to investigate and deal with this matter decisively once they became aware of the allegations and irrespective of any other investigations and proceedings by other agencies.”

Montano was one of six players arrested and bailed last week following an investigation into match-fixing in football by the National Crime Agency. He is also facing a tape trial after being accused of attacking a woman in July 2012.


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