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Betting In Football: Lessons From Non-League Player’s 11 Year Suspension (The FA v Kynan Isaac)

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Thursday, 15 December 2022 By Philip Hutchinson, Harry Bambury

The recent decision of the FA Independent Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) in The FA v Kynan Isaac attracted widespread media coverage owing to the length of the 11-and-a-half-year suspension handed down to the non-league football player who plays for Stratford Town FC. In addition to the length of the suspension (which is one of the longest handed down by a Regulatory Commission to a player), the decision is significant as it demonstrates the FA’s approach to circumstantial evidence in the context of match-fixing and gambling offences and illustrates the importance of players co-operating with the FA’s investigations.

This article will consider Isaac’s charges as well as the reasons given by the Commission and also a number of key learning points for players to help avoid falling foul of the FA rules concerning betting and match fixing.

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Philip Hutchinson

Philip Hutchinson

Phil is a Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve specialising in sports litigation and sports regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the football industry. Phil has worked on a number of high profile integrity/match fixing and doping cases across a variety of sports and also regularly advises football clubs, agents and players on transfers, most notably where work permits are required. 

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Harry Bambury

Harry Bambury

Harry is a trainee solicitor at Mills & Reeve based in the firm’s Birmingham office. Harry has worked on a number of sports law matters, ranging from anti-doping cases to work permit applications for professional footballers. Before starting at Mills & Reeve, Harry studied jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.

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