Partick Thistle’s Steven Lawless handed six game ban for breaching betting rules


Partick Thistle’s Steven Lawless has been handed a six match ban after being found guilty of breaching Scottish FA rules on gambling.

The midfielder was handed the ban by a Scottish FA disciplinary tribunal, but four of the six games are suspended until the end of next season. He will serve those four games if he is caught breaking the rules again.

Lawless was accused of breaching Disciplinary rule 33 after betting on over 500 matches between December 2012 and March 2015.

SFA disciplinary rule 33: 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).

Earlier this eason, Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen was banned for two games – one suspended – after being found guilty of betting on 55 games. Just months after Ayr United’s Michael Moffat and [the high profile case of]Rangers team mate Ian Black were found guilty also.

PFA Scotland state on their official website – For avoidance of doubt, players should note that this [SFA disciplinary rule 33] prohibits betting on ANY football match, at ANY time and in ANY country.


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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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