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Wally Downes Gets A Low-Pay FA Sack

October 01, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Wally Downes cannot be too happy with his compensatory severance package received from Wimbledon FC. Downes has been ordered out of the football club’s ranks following his having been found guilty on various counts of inappropriate behaviour and the violation of Football Association (FA) betting rules.

Downes has had to settle for minimum compensation upon his having been ordered to take his leave as a result of his having been initially included on the club’s payroll on a non-contract basis.

About Those Bonus Disagreements

Downes was employed by the club on a no-contract basis as a result of failing to agree on matters of bonus payments with the club’s management administration when he initially joined its ranks back in December of 2018. He however did not last long within the club’s ranks after it was discovered that he had wagered bets on football on no fewer than 8 occasions. This is in direct contravention with the club’s rules on betting and wagering.

The bets in question were made over the course of six years, being 2013 to 2019. Downes would have been well aware of the association’s rules and has despite full knowledge elected to go ahead regardless. Downes served as manager to the club and has since his sudden departure been replaced by temporary interim manager Glyn Hodges. Hodges will in all likelihood keep a hold on the reigns until such time as a more permanent appointment has been made.

Not Too Much Divulged

The club, at the time of first having made the announcement regarding the suspension of Downes, refused to release any details regarding his betting misconduct. It merely released a short statement outlining only the most basic details and explanation. The club did at the time divulge that the immediate dismissal of Downes from his position had been justified by the “seriousness” of the charges levied against him.

Bookies Support The Rules

What with the investigation against the shamed former manager at this stage still being ongoing, the club has still not been willing to divulge much more about the exact nature and timeline of what had transpired. Downes has also not been willing to comment on any of the events leading up to the dismissal, having in all likelihood been ordered by the club not to speak out about the allegations.

2014 saw the FA institute tighter rules relating to betting on sports. These new rules were instituted in an attempt to curb criminal activities. Players, managers and all members of staff are prohibited from placing any bets on any activity or sport even vaguely related to the game of football. This applies to pro-bets as well as friendlies.

The relationship between pro-sports and gambling is exceptionally volatile as it stands and safeguards such as the ones enforced by the FA are very necessary in order to ensure ongoing integrity in sports. Coaches and players and other members of staff are better off not engaging in any form of betting on sports at all as its easy to be dragged into bet scandals and the like without even having had the intention to do so in the first place.

In addition to these incidents seriously tarnishing pro-sports, no favours are being done when talking the reputation of bookies and operators in general either. Big gambling operators fully support the rules implemented by the various pro-sports associations as the rules and regulations ensure that sports betting will remain legal and profitable in the US as well many other parts of the regulated world.

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