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Scottish footballer Ian Black accused on betting

Scottish footballer Ian Black has been accused of betting against his own team three times.

The Rangers and former Hearts and Inverness player has been issued with a Scottish Football Association notice of complaint that alleges he bet against his "then-registered club" three times between March 4, 2006 and July 28 this year.

Black has also been charged with breaching the SFA's disciplinary rule 22 by "betting on a further 10 football matches that involved then-registered club" and "betting on a further 147 football matches".

It is not known which or how many of the three clubs Black is accused of betting against.

The range of punishments includes a fine, suspension or expulsion from the game.

The rule in question states that "no club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bet in any way on a football match (except authorised and registered football pools)".

The SFA confirmed that the betting ban applied to any football match anywhere in the world.

The governing body also said there was no evidence to suggest any breach of rule 23, which prohibits players and officials knowingly behaving in a "manner, during or in connection with a match in which the party has participated or has any influence, either direct or indirect, which could give rise to an event in which they or any third party benefits financially through betting".

Black has been given a week to respond to the complaint with a hearing date scheduled for September 12.

A Rangers spokesman said: "The club is aware of the SFA's notice of complaint and are currently investigating the matter."

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