A player on the books of League Two Wycombe Wanderers has been punished by the Football Association (FA) for breaching the rules on betting.
Scott Kashket was given a two-month suspension as well as a £3446 fine after admitting that he placed over 180 bets on various football matches. Last month, the FA charged Kashket over breaches of the rules that occurred from 2014 to 2016, at a time when he was a Leyton Orient player. It has been reported that Kashket lost £1,067.75 but won £946.13 and the latter amount was added to the initial amount of the £2,500 fine from the FA.
According to reports, Kashket made 183 bets, of which 65 were on tournaments in which Orient were involved. He also bet on 19 of Orient’s matches, including 10 occasions when he bet against them.
Speaking about the decision of the FA, Kashket expressed regret and thanked his current club for standing by him throughout the process:
“I regret my actions and will learn from the experience to improve myself both as a person and a player. I am thankful to Wycombe Wanderers for their ongoing support and am determined to come back stronger in two months’ time.”
The FA’s independent regulatory commission found that Kashket did not take part in any of the games on which he had a bet. They also found no evidence that he had been involved in match fixing or that he had used ‘inside information’ to make the bets.
In commenting on Kashket’s situation, Wycombe’s potential majority shareholder, Rob Couhig, referenced the situation that was taking place at Leyton Orient at the time of the offences. The club was going through a financial crisis under the then-owner Francesco Becchetti, and while Couhig said that the situation didn’t justify Kashket’s actions, he added that Wycombe had drawn a line under the issue. Neither club nor player will be appealing against the decision.