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Cavanagh banned for eight months

Peter Cavanagh
Cavanagh will miss much of the new season for Stanley

Accrington Stanley defender Peter Cavanagh has been suspended from football for eight months for betting on a match involving his club.

The Football Association also fined Cavanagh, 27, £3,500 following an independent hearing.

In July, four other players were banned for betting on a win for Bury in their game against Accrington on 3 May 2008, which Bury won 2-0.

Three of the players were with Stanley at the time and the other at Bury.

Chester's Jay Harris, who was then at Accrington, was banned for a year and fined £5,000.

His then team-mates Robert Williams and David Mannix were banned for eight months and 10 months respectively, and ex-Accrington and Bury player Andrew Mangan, who subsequently joined Forest Green Rovers, was banned for five months.

They were also fined by the FA.

Regarding Cavanagh's involvement, regulatory commission chairman Nicholas Stewart QC said: "These were repeated deliberate breaches of the Football Association's betting rules which are vital to maintain confidence in the integrity of the game.

"These are serious offences by a club captain and therefore must be punished by a substantial period of suspension of eight months together with a fine of £3,500."

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see also
Four players banned over betting
22 Jul 09 |  League Two
Forest Green fans await Mangan return
22 Jul 09 |  Forest Green
Five charged with betting on game
07 Apr 09 |  League Two
Accrington defeat under scrutiny
05 May 08 |  Accrington
Accrington 0-2 Bury
03 May 08 |  League Two

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