Footballer stood down while betting information is under investigation

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1News have reported that a Central League player has been “provisionally suspended over allegations of insider betting.”

The story by reporter Chris Chang says the player was identified by NZ Football’s integrity programme and information sharing partnership with the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB).

In a statement, the TAB said it “provides betting information to national sporting organisations to help maintain the integrity of their competitions”.

“Most national sporting organisations have their own betting regulations and the breadth of the restrictions can vary from sport to sport. The setting of these regulations is a matter for each sporting code.

“TAB NZ’s relationships and exchange of information with the national sporting organisations means a more robust oversight of betting on New Zealand sports, as opposed to overseas wagering providers who do not necessarily share this information with the national sporting organisations.”

NZ Football said all National League players — including those in the Central League — complete mandatory integrity training and are prohibited from gambling on the competition.

The player remains unnamed while the investigation continues.

A breach of the National League’s gambling rules could lead to a ban of up to two years.

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