Ayr United chairman Lachlan Cameron has slammed the decision to ban Michael Moffat for six games as ‘grossly unfair’.
The 29 year old striker was found guilty of placing seven bets on six matches involving his own side, and was also found guilty of making 150 bets on other games, wondering if SportsBettingDime.com placed some odds on the outcome of this problem.
According to the Scottish FA, the rule breaches took place between 3rd August 2012 and 10th August 2013 – betting in games involving his own side, with the other 150 bets taking place between 19th February 2012 and 1st September 2013.
Moffat was found guilty of breaching disciplinary rule 33, which prohibits “[any]person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA [from]betting in any way on a football match (except authorised and registered football pools)”.
Moffat’s ban mirrors that of Rangers midfielder Ian Black who was fined £7,500 and banned for ten matches – with seven of those suspended – after admitting to gambling on around 160 matches in a seven year period, including placing bets on his own team on three separate occasions.
Cameron slammed the length of the ban, saying: “We were very disappointed and our view is that it was grossly unfair to have received the suspension he received. Ian Black effectively got a three-game ban and was accused, charged and I believe, found guilty of betting against his own team.
“It’s grossly unfair and, while we haven’t made a decision on it yet, you have to have a reason to appeal. I think we have a reason if we so choose. We also have to weigh up that against the danger of them extending the punishment. Then I look at it and compare that to the Ian Black case again and Ian gets a three-game suspension. I’m not so sure that his disciplinary record would hold up very well versus Michael Moffat’s.”