Five pound bet costs Cavanagh eight months

LONDON - Accrington Stanley defender Peter Cavanagh has been fined 3,500 pounds and suspended from football for eight months for betting on a match involving his team, the English FA said on Monday.

Cavanagh was charged with betting on Accrington's final League Two match of the 2007/08 season.

"These were repeated deliberate breaches of The FA's betting rules which are vital to maintain confidence in the integrity of the game," the FA's Regulatory Commission said in a statement on

Last month four other players, three who played for Accrington and one who played for Bury at the time of the match, were fined and banned between five months and a year for betting on the same game, which Bury won 2-0.

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