Earlier this afternoon the Gibraltar FA announced that they have dealt with three cases of betting breaches with more expected to follow.
The first case was Garry Lowe, now at Brunos Magpies, who received a £250.00 fine and 12 month ban on all football related activities, suspended for 24 months. We believe this dates back to last year’s Rock Cup game between Red Imps and Gibraltar United, where the UK bookmaker Bet365 made an error in the betting and mistook Red Imps for their parent team, then league champions Lincoln Red Imps. This led to a big influx of bets being made locally as Gib United, who should have been odds-on favourites vs lower league opposition, were instead wrongly priced as big underdogs.
The other two are St Joseph’s players Esteban Montes Enrique and Alberto Montaño Gil, deemed a “more serious case”. Esteban was handed a £1,000 fine and a 5 year ban from all football related activities while Alberto received a £800 fine and 3 year ban from all football related activities.
In a press release the GFA stated, “The investigation into further potential breaches of the betting rules continues and the GFA does not discard further disciplinary measures being taken against more of its members. As such, the GFA will not make any further comment on its ongoing investigation at this stages.”