Bolton Wanderers launch investigation after coach bets on team to lose against QPR
BOLTON Wanderers have launched an investigation after one of their coaches appeared to breach FA rules and bet on Whites to lose against QPR on Tuesday.
According to his Facebook account, Wanderers Academy strength and conditioning coach Matthew Dewhurst won £231.59 after betting £6 on a nine-match accumulator bet, which included Wanderers to lose their match at Loftus Road.
The 23-year-old’s win apparently became known when he posted a status on Facebook.
FA rules prohibit all club staff from gambling on any match the club participates in.
Wanderers said they were dealing with the matter internally and refused to confirm whether Mr Dewhurst had broken club rules.
When asked whether club staff were allowed to bet on football games, the spokesman added: “It depends at what level the staff are.”
There is no suggestion that Mr Dewhurst tried to influence the result of the match and he declined to speak to The Bolton News.
Mr Dewhurst’s win was revealed when he posted on Facebook: “Derby County, 0-2 down at home to Yeovil, come back to win 3-2 in the last min to win me £230 for my accumulator!! Buzzing!!”
In another post, he revealed the exact amount won and that Derby, QPR, Manchester United, Reading, Real Madrid, Swansea, Wolves, and Chesterfield winning their games, and Norwich and Newcastle drawing were his winning selections.
The FA’s latest guide to betting states that their rules apply to players, managers, coaches, club medical staff, other club employees and staff, directors and licensed agents.
In its list of rules the guide adds: “You are not allowed to place any bet on a game involving your club.
“You are not allowed to place any bet on a game in a competition such as cup competitions or the league itself in which your club plays.
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“All employees and officers of a club are deemed to participate in every match played by that club while they are so employed.”
QPR beat Wanderers 2-1, inflicting the Whites’ third straight defeat.
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