Wycombe player suspended for six months over betting breaches
The English Football Association (FA) has handed a six-month ban to Wycombe Wanderers player Scott Kashket after he was found to have breached its rules and regulations by placing 183 bets on football matches.
Striker Kashket admitted to betting on games between 3 September 2014 and 22 August 2016. Kashket joined League One club Wycombe in August 2016, having previously played for Leyton Orient and Welling United.
The FA ruled Kashket’s actions placed him in breach of FA Rule E8, which states that players, coaching staff, officials and club employees are not permitted to bet on games or other matters related to the club, such as player transfers.
Kashket, who was also issued a fine of £3,446.13 and warned about his future conduct, will now serve a two-month ban, effective from 21 January.
The other four months of the ban are suspended, but should Kashket commit any further breach of the FA’s rules before 21 July 2021, he will have to serve the remainder of the ban.
“I regret my actions and will learn from the experience to improve myself both as a person and a player. I am thankful to Wycombe Wanderers for their ongoing support and am determined to come back stronger in two months’ time,” Kashket said.
Wycombe also issued a statement on the case, saying while it does not condone rule breaches of this nature, it recognises that the “charge relates entirely to a difficult period in Scott’s career at his previous club Leyton Orient”.
Rob Couhig, prospective majority shareholder at Wycombe, added: “I have found Scott to be a first-rate person and, while this is not an excuse for his actions, the treatment he sustained at Leyton Orient – under their previous ownership structure – was unconscionable.
“I am glad he has taken personal responsibility for his actions, and that Leyton Orient are under new progressive ownership and leadership. We now look forward to drawing a line under the situation and having Scott fully fit and refreshed for the final few weeks of the season.”