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Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen to learn his fate next month after allegedly placing 55 bets on football matches

 

20:16, 29 January 2015

By David McCarthy

 

IT is unknown whether Simonsen pleaded guilty when he contacted the SFA in relation to the accusation.

Keeper faces ban if found guilty of betting on football

 

RANGERS keeper Steve Simonsen has responded to betting charges brought against him by the SFA and will now learn his fate next month.

 

The ruling body confirmed last night that the Ibrox goalie , who is alleged to have placed 55 bets on football matches , had contacted the association in relation to the accusation by yesterday's deadline – but refused to say if he had pleaded guilty.

 

Simonsen's case will be heard by the Judicial Panel on February 12.

 

Panel members will decide if there is a case to answer if the 35-year-old Englishman has denied the charges or the scale of punishment if he has admitted to placing the bets.

 

An SFA spokesman said: "Mr Simonsen has responded and that will be factored into the judicial panel hearing when they meet. That's all we can say as this is a live case."

 

Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record RANGERS midfielder Ian Black arrives the SFA headquarters at Hampden Park to hear the outcome of a fine for breaching betting rules. pictured with Barry Hughs Photo Tony Nicoletti

Ian Black (right) leaves Hampden with agent, Barry Hughes, after being banned for breaching betting rules

 

In September 2013, Simonsen’s team-mate Ian Black was fined £7,500 and handed a 10-game ban, seven of which were suspended, when he admitted placing 160 football bets over a seven-year period. Three of those included betting against his own team to win.

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