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Shelbourne Coach Alan Quinn Suspended for Four Months

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The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has suspended Shelbourne men's first team coach Alan Quinn for four months for breaching its disciplinary regulations for betting.

Although the FAI didn't share more specific details about how Quinn violated its betting rule, it stated that the breaches occurred on 18 League of Ireland games between 5 August 2022 and 5 May 2023.

Quinn's activities during the period allegedly contravened Section 7.4, Regulation 3 (Betting/Gambling) of the FAI Disciplinary Regulations.

Following a personal hearing, an Independent Disciplinary Committee suspended the coach from all football-related activity for four months. However, Quinn can choose to appeal against the decision.

In its official statement regarding the development, the FAI stressed the importance of adhering to the FAI Disciplinary Regulations relating to betting. All professional football players and individuals involved in the sport in the jurisdiction were also urged to familiarize themselves with the gaming regulations in the FAI Governance Handbook.

During his playing career, Quinn played for clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Sheffield United, and Ipswich Town. He also represented the Republic of Ireland in international football competitions and was capped eight times. In 2022, he became a member of Shelbourne's backroom team under the management of Damien Duff.

Year of Betting Scandals

With his suspension, Alan Quinn joins the infamous list of sport-related individuals that have been sanctioned for betting in 2023.

In May, the sports industry was agog with the news of Brentford striker's Ivan Toney suspension. The FA banned Toney from all football-related activity for eight months after admitting to the gambling allegations against him.

There had also been news of related betting scandals by athletes in other jurisdictions, including the United States. Days before Ivan's suspension, Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon was fired for his involvement in a suspicious betting activity on Crimson Tide's game against LSU.

Late last month, Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. and several other players were suspended indefinitely for violating the gambling policy.

The recent gambling violations amongst athletes have prompted sports leagues and disciplinary associations to introduce new betting rules and reinforce their commitment to enforcing their existing gambling regulations.

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