Arsenal player in betting scandal?

English Premier League

Arsenal could find themselves in the midst of a betting scandal after the Football Association revealed they are looking into the on-pitch behaviour of a Gunners player earlier this season.

It has been claimed that bookmakers have flagged to the FA that a suspicious amount of money was placed on one of Mikel Arteta's players to get a yellow card during a Premier League fixture earlier in this campaign.

English football's governing body is looking into the claim, but the player's identity remains unknown due to legal reasons.

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"The FA is aware of the matter in question and is looking into it," a statement from the organisation read, per The Athletic.

Gambling insiders are believed to have described the amount of money placed on the player to receive a yellow card during the fixture as "highly unusual".

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There have been previous cases similar to this in English football in the past, like that of Lincoln City right-back Bradley Wood, who received a six-year ban in 2018 after he was found guilty of intentionally receiving yellow cards during an FA Cup run.

In a slightly different incident, Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier was banned for 10 games last season, and received a fine of £70 000 (R1.4 million), after instructing a friend to place a bet on his transfer to Atletico Madrid going through in 2019.

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