East Thurrock United striker found guilty of betting offences

EAST Thurrock United player Lewis Smith has been found guilty of betting offences by the Football Association (FA).

YT understands that Smith made the bets before he joined East Thurrock at the start of the 2013/14 season.

The FA announced it was looking into 28 breaches of the rule (21 bets successfully placed and seven attempted bets) last December.

The manager of East Thurrock, John Coventry has issued a statement on the club website.

He said:

"Today we have been notified by the FA that Lewis Smith has been found guilty of betting offences.

These offences happened over a period of time before he joined East Thurrock FC.

Everyone at our football club knows it is against the FA rules to place a bet on football at any level.

"Lewis made us aware that he had been interviewed by the FA a couple of months ago, following this we checked that we were not breaking any rules by continuing to play Lewis. The FA response was that until such time that a player is found guilty he is free to carry on playing.

After speaking to Lewis today it is highly unlikely that we will see him play for East Thurrock for a while.

Obviously this has been a big blow to Lewis and for us as a club, we currently sit top of the league and only time will tell how we deal with this situation. What I can say is that Lewis has been a major factor in our good form this season and he will be missed as a player and a person.

"Should anything change I will keep our supporters informed.

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