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Carrick Rangers' Gareth McKeown to appeal over IFA betting ban

By Graham Luney

Published 12/02/2016

Gareth McKeown
Gareth McKeown

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron said he was aware that Gareth McKeown could be hit with a ban for breaching betting regulations when be brought him to the club.

McKeown will appeal his £1,000 fine and suspension until the end of the season, handed out by the Irish FA for a breach of the IFA's betting rules.

The offence centred on a period before the player's move from Glenavon to Carrick last month.

Haveron admitted: "We were aware of the situation, it happened while he was at Glenavon, so it was an issue that we were made aware of.

"We acted accordingly. We had an opportunity to bring in a quality, experienced player and we brought him in for whatever length of time we had him available for. We knew it was going to be beneficial for us to have him in. We hoped the decision would have gone a different way, but it is what it is."

McKeown (pictured) declined to comment on the punishment. The former Crusaders defender was an unused substitute during last night's 2-2 draw with Dungannon Swifts.

"Gareth has a case for appeal, I think he is going to take up that option, but we're not hopeful of having him available any time soon," added Haveron. "It's a loss to us and it's a loss to Irish League football.

"I think you have a period of time from whenever they issue the letter. He is still available to play until he receives notice."

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