Mikel Arteta speaks out on FA betting probe into Arsenal yellow card

Mikel Arteta is aware of the Football Association's investigation into irregular betting patterns surrounding a yellow card given to one of his players earlier this season

Mikel Arteta is aware of the Football Association’s investigation into irregular betting patterns surrounding a yellow card given to one of his players earlier this season (Picture: Sky Sports)

Mikel Arteta has confirmed he is aware of the Football Association’s investigation into irregular betting patterns surrounding a yellow card given to one of his players earlier this season.

On Wednesday it was confirmed that English football’s governing body were looking into the circumstances surrounding a caution handed to one of Arteta’s players with gambling industry insiders confirming to The Athletic that the amount of money placed on the player in question receiving a booking was highly irregular

Responding to the FA’s probe after last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg defeat to Liverpool, Arteta said: ‘I am aware of it. It is something really common that there are always investigations in relation to certain things. Let’s see what happens.’

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The gambling industry has evolved to the extent whereby punters are able to bet on a variety of eventualities and possibilities within a match, on top of the traditional result-based markets.

Those markets mean relatively innocuous events, which would likely have very little bearing on the overall outcome of a game, have the capacity to earn gamblers thousands of pounds.

Spot betting’, as it is known, has been an issue in cricket for over a decade, with the case of Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was given a lengthy ban along with two other teammates following a Test at Lord’s back in 2010, the most high-profile case England has seen to date.

Football, however, particularly at Premier League level hasn’t been targeted for spot fixing, until now, largely on account of the vast sums of money professional players earn.

Bradley Wood, however, was banned for six years in 2018 after intentionally picking up yellow cards in Lincoln City’s cup run.


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