Stoke striker Jerome facing ban after admitting betting breach

Cameron Jerome is likely to be banned by the Football Association after the Stoke City striker admitting betting on a competition in which his team play, the Guardian has reported.

There is no suggestion that Jerome was involved in any match-fixing – and nor did he place a wager on a Stoke game – but gambling on a competition that his team are involved with contravenes FA rules. Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend was fined £18,000 and banned for four months – of which three were suspended – which meant he missed the European Under-21 Championships over the summer, after being found to have breach FA rules on gambling.

Jerome is expected to receive a similar punishment to Townsend, having admitted the charge. The FA statement read: “The FA has charged Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome with breaches of its rules in relation to a number of betting offences. Jerome has admitted the charges. A date for an independent regulatory commission to hear the case will be set in due course.

Stoke are supporting the player and said in a statement of their own: “Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules.

Cameron has admitted the charges and will attend an independent regulatory commission, at which he will be supported by the club. The club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time.

Jerome, formerly of Birmingham City, has been a Stoke player since 2011, having started his career at Middlesbrough and breaking through at Cardiff City. He scored 27 goals in 9 games for the Welsh club and 42 in 202 in the Midlands, netting 12 times in 66 appearances for the Potters.

The managing director of League Two club Accrington Stanley, Robert Heys, has also been charged with a number of offences relating to betting by the FA.

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