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Players Face LFP Sanctions in France for Betting Ban Violations

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The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), which serves as the regulatory authority for football in France, has recently imposed penalties on 35 players for violating a prohibition on sports betting.

Following an investigation into the actions of the players during the 2021-22 season, the disciplinary committee of the LFP announced their sanctions, concluding that the players infringed upon LFP and French Football Federation (FFF) regulations.

The LFP and FFF subject professional players participating in club football in France to a ban on football betting. While these players could engage in other forms of gambling, they are not allowed to bet on sports games, especially football.

The latest set of sanctions marks the fourteenth time the LFP would penalize French footballers for football betting ever since it commenced its collaboration with the national gambling regulator, l'Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), in the 2013-14 season.

While the LFP did not disclose the specific details of each regulatory violation, sanctions were issued accordingly.

Varied Suspensions and Monetary Penalities

Several notable players were amongst the footballers indicted in the latest sanctions. One of them is Wahbi Khazrai, a Tunisian international who currently represents Montpellier in Ligue 1. He was instructed to pay a fine of €3,000 ($3262).

Ludovic Blas, a midfielder for Nantes, will pay a €2,500 fine. Souleymane Cisse, Antoine Dana and Evan Huriez are suspended for two games, with additional four-game bans suspended. They are also ordered to pay a fine of €500 each.

Seven other players, including Eliot Pasture, Kevin Bola, Alexandre Moliner, Djibril Lamego and Eliot Pasture, are to be suspended from two games, as well as a suspended two-game ban and will pay a €1,000 suspended fine each.

Lastly, Mathis Ansar, a midfielder for recently relegated Ligue 2 team Chamois Niortais, received the toughest sanctions with a three-game suspension, a further three-game ban suspended, and a fine.

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