A new worldwide ban on betting on football will come into force from next season, with any individual involved in the top seven divisions of the English football league banned from betting on any aspect of a game.
The measures were approved at the English Football Association shareholders’ 111th Annual General Meeting at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
Included within the worldwide prohibition ratified by the FA shareholders are all those involved in the game at Premier League, Football League and Football Conference levels, as well as the top two divisions in each of the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues.
Coming into force on August 1st, participants covered by the ban will be prohibited from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.
Currently, FA Rules state that no participant can bet on a match or competition in which they are involved that season, or which they can influence, or any other football-related matter concerning the league that they play in.
The changes to FA Rules from the start of the 2014/15 season will also effect a worldwide prohibition on betting on any other football-related matter, including the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection.
The passing of inside information to somebody that uses the information for betting also remains prohibited.
Following consultation with the game’s stakeholders, the prohibition had previously received a unanimous recommendation by the FA Council last month and the Football Regulatory Authority in March.
The FA has recently charged a number of footballers with breaches of its betting rules, including Nottingham Forests’ Dexter Blackstock and Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend.
Fellow Premiership footballers Cameron Jerome, who plays for Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United’s Dan Gosling have also admitted offences, while Tranmere Rovers’ manager Ronnie Moore was suspended, then fired after admitting an FA betting charge.