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Glentoran star John Herron could face IFA ban over betting

Glens ace John Herron
Glens ace John Herron

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran star John Herron is set to face the Irish FA's Disciplinary Committee next month after being charged with breaching betting regulations.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that the charge relates to Herron placing bets on three matches in Northern Ireland in February.

It is understood that none of the matches involved his own club Glentoran, who the midfielder joined in August last year and has since become a highly influential figure at The Oval.

Glentoran did not wish to comment on the case, which is scheduled to be dealt with on October 2, but sources suggest the east Belfast club are supportive of the ex-Celtic player and will be there for him when the hearing takes place.

Herron, who had a spell with Blackpool, will appear in front of the IFA Disciplinary Committee and give evidence before a ruling is made by the powers that be.

The hope for both the 25-year-old and the Glens is that he won't face a lengthy ban.

In a statement about Herron’s case, the IFA declared: “The Irish Football Association can confirm Glentoran FC player John Herron will attend a meeting of the association’s Disciplinary Committee on October 2 to answer a charge that he breached Article 17 of the Articles of Association (and regulations 46a and 46b).

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“The charge relates to the player placing bets on three matches within Northern Ireland in February 2019.

“Article 17 states that where any person or body has breached or caused or contributed to the breach of any of the Articles (of Association) or brings the game of Association Football into disrepute, that person or body shall be liable to expulsion, suspension, fine and/or such other penalty or sanction as the Board/Disciplinary Committee may think fit.

“The Irish FA’s Football Regulations state that the integrity of matches and competitions is violated by anyone who: (46a) acts in a manner that is likely to exert an unlawful or undue influence on the course and/or result of a match or competition with a view to gaining an advantage for himself or a third party; (46b) participates directly or indirectly in betting or similar activities relating to competition matches or who has a direct or indirect financial interest in such activities.”

In March the IFA dished out an eight-week suspension to then Institute midfielder Ronan Doherty, though he had bet on his team to lose to Ballymena in February.

Doherty had been suspended by Institute after admitting to a breach of betting rules, with the IFA stating in their punishment that he had brought the game into disrepute. At the time of his suspension, Doherty said: “I know it was stupid and I have a learned a hard lesson.”

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