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Bets: 5 players charged

THE English FA charged five players with breaching betting rules following an investigation into unusual betting patterns on a league match between Accrington Stanley and Bury last season.

The FA said yesterday that the majority of the charges related to bets placed on the League Two (fourth division) match on May 3, 2008.

Bookmakers in northwest England, where both clubs are based, reported unusual betting patterns before the match with higher than usual amounts being staked in particular areas of the country.

Four of those charged ?? Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Peter Cavanagh ?? were Accrington players at the time of the game, while Andrew Mangan played for Bury. Both Harris and Cavanagh played in the game.

Neither team was involved in promotion or relegation issues at the time of the match, which Bury won 2-0. All five players are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win.

The FA said Mannix was alleged to have placed stakes to the value of around 4,000 pounds (US$6,000), Mangan 3,500, Harris 2,000, Williams 1,000 and Cavanagh on a five pounds accumulator.


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