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McGlynn admits to League of Ireland bets

By Daniel McDonnell

Former Derry City midfielder Gareth McGlynn faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be punished for a breach of FAI rules on betting during his time at the Brandywell.

The Bohemians winger last night confirmed he is the player being investigated for gambling on four League of Ireland matches in a period between 2008 & 2009 which didn't involve his then employers. An ex-member of Derry's backroom staff has been pursued on similar grounds. The amounts involved are believed to be miniscule.

Rule 100 forbids contracted players from betting on any league game because it is deemed as insider trading. McGlynn wagered on games between Cork and Wexford [Aug '08] Dundalk and Sligo [May '09] St Pat's v Bray [May '09] and Kildare v Longford [June '09]

McGlynn is the third player to fall foul of the betting regulations in the last 18 months. Ex-St Pat's midfielder Gary Dempsey admitted placing a €20 double bet which involved the Saints losing a match where he was unavailable. His punishment was reduced from five games to two games on appeal. Last week, McGlynn's former team-mate Sammy Morrow was handed a six month ban, with three suspended by FIFA because he aided their investigation. Morrow, who has since moved on to Coleraine, was cited for 17 offences, some related to Derry games.

“I had no knowledge relating to or influence over the outcomes of these matches and it, in fact, merely resulted in my losing money,” said the 27-year-old, in a statement released through the PFAI.

“At the time that I placed these bets, I was not aware of the full text of Rule 100. I genuinely believed that the rule simply prohibited me from betting on matches involving my own club and I was shocked to discover otherwise.”

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