Man U face FA probe over gambling on Scotland v France match

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has landed manager Alex Ferguson in the proverbial after revealing in an interview with Zoo magazine that his manager placed bets with his French players on the European Championships qualifying game between Scotland and France.

Fletcher said in the interview: "He [Ferguson] was happy when Scotland beat France. He won a bit of money because he was making bets with all the French lads - Patrice Evra, Louis Saha and Mikael Silvestre.

"They were looking at him like he was a bit crazy, so they took any bet. But he had the last laugh 'cos we managed to beat them twice!"

Patrice Evra and Louis Saha, and possibly Mikael Silvestre, will now face a FA investigation. Under FA rules, it is illegal to gamble on games which players, coaches or officials are involved in. In that respect, Ferguson should stay out of hot water.

Even though Saha was the only player on the pitch as any point during the two qualifying games, the FA will also alert FIFA and UEFA.

An FA spokesman said: "The comments in question seem to suggest that several Manchester United players made bets with Sir Alex Ferguson on an international match they were playing in, contravening those rules.
"We will be fully investigating the quotes made by Darren Fletcher but this matter may also be highlighted to FIFA, as the games in question were international matches, and Uefa as the tournament organisers.

As the games did not come under the jurisdiction of the FA, if any action is to be taken, UEFA will be the ones dishing out the punishments.

Editor, - 2008-05-01 11:37:42

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