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Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen handed two match ban

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Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been handed a two match ban by the Scottish FA for breaching gambling rules. The Englishman has been given an immediate one match suspension and one suspended until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old was issued with a notice of complaint from the governing body after he was accused of betting on 55 football matches – 18 games last season and 37 games this season.

The ban means the keeper will miss Friday night’s match against Hibernian at Ibrox.

Simonsen’s teammate Ian Black was fined £7500 and given a ten-game ban, seven of which were suspended, after the former Hearts midfielder admitted gambling on over 160 games over a seven-year period. With three of those matches betting against his own club to win.

Last season, Ayr United forward Michael Moffat was handed a six-game suspension after being found guilty of betting on 150 games between 2012 and 2013. Moffat’s ban was reduced to four games on appeal.

Both Simonsen and the Scottish FA can appeal against the decision.

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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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