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FA charge four over betting probe

Four players associated with Merseyside non-league football club Marine have been charged with breaching rules on betting.

It follows an investigation by the Football Association (FA) Compliance Unit into unusual betting patterns.

The players - Lee Parle, Adam Farley, Paul Woolcott and Freddie Potter - played for Marine FC at the time of the alleged offences.

The charges relate to bets placed on two Northern Premier League matches.

The games being investigated are Marine's game against Witton Albion on 21 March 2008 and an away fixture at Matlock Town on 4 April 2009.

FA rules prohibit participants from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which the person is participating or has any direct or indirect influence.

The players have two weeks to respond to the charges.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said the club had co-operated fully with the FA, and added: "Marine Football Club shall not issue any further statements until the matter is closed".

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