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SFA's attempt to extend Steve Simonsen ban rejected

Published 02/04/2015

Rangers’ Steve Simonsen broke betting rules
Rangers’ Steve Simonsen broke betting rules

The Scottish Football Association have failed in their bid to have the punishment handed to Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen for breaching betting laws increased.

The 35-year-old served a one-game ban after he admitted breaking the SFA's zero-tolerance gambling rules by betting on a total of 50 games within the space of a year.

But SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan challenged that decision, claiming his punishment was "unduly lenient".

However, Simonsen's legal team from the ProLegal group have confirmed the Englishman will not face a further suspension after the SFA's appeal to extend the ban was thrown out by an appellate tribunal.

They tweeted: "SFA Appeal against Steve Simonsen suspension fails."

Simonsen had not bet on any games relating to his club's competitions and was given a one-match ban with another suspended when an SFA-convened judicial panel convened on February 12.

He missed the club's February 13 clash with Hibernian but has not played since after dropping down Gers' goalkeeping pecking order.

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