Jordan Stevens: Leeds United midfielder given six-week FA ban for betting rule breaches – BBC Sport

Jordan Stevens: Leeds United midfielder given six-week FA ban for betting rule breaches - BBC Sport

Leeds midfielder Jordan Stevens suspended for betting breaches

Leeds Jordan Stevens has been banned from all football-related activity for six weeks for breaking Football Association betting rules, a punishment his club has called “disproportionate”.

The midfielder, 19, admitted a charge of placing 59 bets last season, five on matches involving the Whites.

Club statement: Jordan Stevens

“We are hugely disappointed in the FAs choice of sanction,” said Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear.

“To prevent a young footballer from taking part in any football activities at such a critical period of his career is a disproportionate punishment following a foolish mistake from a young player.

“We are particularly disappointed that the sanction was determined by two former professional footballers who we hoped would have had a better understanding of the impact of their decision.”

We are particularly disappointed that the sanction was determined by two former professional footballers who we hoped would have had a better understanding of the impact of their decision.

Stevens, who was signed from Forest Green in February 2018, has made one first-team appearance since arriving at Elland Road.

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While an independent commission said the £510.12 total staked was “modest” – with Stevens not playing in any of the Leeds game he bet on – they said he showed a “wilful disregard for the rules” by continuing to bet after an FA education presentation, at which the rules were discussed.

Two of Stevens bets on Leeds – on both teams to score twice – were seen as the most serious, carrying a maximum “sporting sanction” of 12 months.

As a club we feel that banning a 19-year-old footballer from even participating in training or interacting with the clubs staff is an excessive punishment. 

A witness statement from Rob Price, head of performance and medicine at the club, said Stevens had “struggled to integrate himself” at Leeds, with emphasis on his difficulties with boredom, homesickness and anxiety.

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“We will support Jordan through this process, he is a young footballer who needs educating on the dangers of outside influences and how to conduct himself as a professional footballer,” the club added.

We acknowledge the sanctions passed down by the FA to Jordan Stevens following a breach of betting regulations.

“As a club we feel that banning a 19-year-old footballer from even participating in training or interacting with the clubs staff is an excessive punishment.”

Leeds midfielder Jordan Stevens has been suspended from all footballing activity for six weeks after being found guilty of breaching FA betting regulations.

The charges alleged that Stevens placed 59 bets on football matches between August 6, 2018, and May 27, 2019.

The 19-year-old, who made one Sky Bet Championship appearance for Leeds last season, admitted a misconduct charge in relation to the FAs Betting Rules and was also fined £1,200.

Stevens signed for Leeds from Forest Green Rovers in January 2018 and has under a year remaining on his current deal at Elland Road.

He featured during pre-season for Marcelo Bielsas side but is yet to make an appearance for the Whites this season.

A statement from the club read: “We acknowledge the sanctions passed down by the FA to Jordan Stevens following a breach of betting regulations.

“We will support Jordan through this process, he is a young footballer who needs educating on the dangers of outside influences and how to conduct himself as a professional footballer.

“As a club we feel that banning a 19-year-old footballer from even participating in training or interacting with the clubs staff is an excessive punishment.”

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear said: “Whilst we fully recognise the importance of the FAs role in protecting the integrity of the game, we are hugely disappointed in the FAs choice of sanction.

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