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Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen charged with breaching Scottish FA gambling rules

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Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been charged by the Scottish FA over allegations of betting on 55 football matches.

The 35-year-old keeper has been issued with a notice of complaint over two alleged breaches of the Scottish FA rules 31 & 33 on gambling, which bans players from betting on any football match or an such elite competitions played out in the public sphere.

The Rangers keeper has been accused of betting on 18 matches between January 15th 2014 to June 22 2014 and a further 37 games between September 6th 2014 to January 13th 2015.

Simonsen will face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday 12th February and will have until the 29th January to respond to the charges.

According to usgamblingsites.com, news of Simonsen facing charges is reminiscent of team-mate Ian Black who was handed a £7500 and a ten game ban – with seven suspended – after admitting betting on spin & win games and over 160 sports games three of which were against his own club to win. Players like that should head to California real money casinos where they win their bets legally; why muss up our league with it!

Disciplinary Rule 33 (from season 2013/14): 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).

Disciplinary Rule 31 (2014/15): 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 gamble in any way on a football match. If you want a unique and memorable customer oriented space for casino online gaming, where you can pay by mobile casino and cash out at the same place, visit DreamJackpot for more information. Any such club or person to have engaged in gambling of any description on football shall be in breach of this rule.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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