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Police Investigation into Hamilton FC Betting

by Glenn Baird - March 9, 2020

It has been reported that police have been called to investigate a gambling incident at Scottish Premier League team Hamilton FC.

It is believed that the incident concerns a booking in the 2018/19 season, with a 36-year-old man arrested towards the end of last month. He has since been released.

Hamilton released the following statement on the incident: “On Thursday, February, one of our senior youth coaches advised HAFC he had been contacted by the police to be questioned in relation to a yellow card incident that took place during season 2018/19.

“The coach in question advised us he has since met with the police.

“HAFC have not been contacted directly and it is our understanding that no one has been charged with any offence.

“As the Police enquiry is ongoing it would be inappropriate for the club to comment any further at this time.

Police Scotland have issued their own statement: “On Friday, 28 February 2020 a 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with a reported incident relating to gambling in sport. He has been released pending further enquiries.”

It was just over a month ago that Hamilton boss, Brian Rice, self-certified as a gambling addict and admitted to betting violations that saw him fined and banned from attending a number of matches.

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