AFC Wimbledon manager sacked for breaching betting rules
Walter John Downes or Wally Downes is an English pro footballer who turned coach and manager. During his days of playing, his position of playing was midfield. Now, Recently, he was the manager of a football team called AFC Wimbledon. In the past, Downes mostly played for Wimbledon, but for some time, he played for Newport County, Sheffield United. During his time as the manager of the Club, Under Downes, Club won Twenty-one points from the last 12 matches they played helped them to avoid relegation.
Downes was suspended from his role as manager after he was being accused of football association’s betting rules. Downes was found guilty of placing bets on games and charged under rule E8. The investigation took place, and it was found that he placed eight bets on football matches. He placed bets from November 2013 to July 2019, and in this period, he coached Queens Rangers Park and helped them avoid relegation from their division. Football Association would not speak about the charges as the matter is still under investigation. However, the Club has stated this matter in which Club said that Downes was suspended due to the seriousness of the allegation, and they will conduct their investigation.
The AFC Wimbledon officials said, “Manager Downes is being suspended from the first team duties till further notice; due to breach of regulations, Wally Downes is dismissed with immediate effect. The Club is struggling on the point’s tables, as the Club is just able to take three points from their first ten games. They are at the second bottom of the League on the chart. An official confirmed that Wally Assistant Glyn Hodges would be the team manager for the next competitions.
In 2014 FA’s Betting rules were tightened to keep any player or official in England’s eight divisions from betting on any football game, or it will be led to any punishment set by FA. Downes will be strictly scrutinized, keeping the rules in mind. There have been notably many cases like this; for instance, this summer, Daniel Sturridge was found guilty of giving inside information on a transfer to Seville to his brother for betting. The punishment was made of £75,000 fine and a six‑week ban from playing, four of them suspended.
Another case involved Paul Scholes, who was found to place 140 bets of 26,159 Pounds during his tenure of Salford City. After being discovered, he was fined 8,000 Pounds. When FA was deciding his punishment, they also accepted his argument that he did not understand the rules of betting.
25th of September, Wally was sacked from his managerial duties after FA found his misconduct and charged him. He had to pay 3,000 pounds as a fine, and they banned him for twenty-eight days from football activities. As he accepted his charges. After two days he left the Club.