Portsmouth footballer charged and fined for breach of betting rules

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Portsmouth footballer charged and fined for breach of betting rules

Portsmouth defender Rasmus Nicolaisen has accepted a charge from the Football Association (FA) in relation to breaches of betting rules.

The footballer received a £2,500 ($3,400) fine from a regulatory commission, having been charged with misconduct under Rule E1(b) in respect of 53 bets placed on football matches in November 2020.

None of the bets were placed on a match that involved the League One club, while one of the bets involved the FA Cup, a competition that the club participates in.

The commission has, however, come to the conclusion that, having recently arrived on loan from a club in Denmark, Nicolaisen was unaware of the different betting rules in place in English football.

“Portsmouth Football Club believes the player acted in good faith and this was a result of a misunderstanding over the different regulations in England and Denmark,” a statement from Portsmouth FC read. “Rasmus has been professional in all aspects since his arrival at Fratton Park last summer.”

The statement continued: “The club has made it clear to all players and staff members that they are prohibited from betting — either directly or indirectly — on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.”