Professional soccer player accused of gambling against own team

Montrose's Terry Masson tackles Rangers' Ian Black during their Scottish Third Division soccer...

Montrose's Terry Masson tackles Rangers' Ian Black during their Scottish Third Division soccer match March 30, 2013. (REUTERS/David Moir)

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, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

The Scottish Football Association is accusing one of its players of gambling on matches he personally played in.

Ian Black, a 28-year-old midfielder for the Glasgow Rangers, is said to have wagered against his own team on occasions over the past seven years, according to Scottish sports TV station STV.

On top of those three games, Black supposedly bet in favour of his team 10 different times. The SFA is also accusing him of putting money down on 147 other games, all of which he was not directly involved with.

In the matches Black competed in, the SFA believes he did not influence the proceedings of the game for his own benefit.

The betting came to the SFA’s attention when Black’s online betting account was discovered.

If found guilty, Black could face a fine a massive $1.3 million fine. There's a possibility the punishment could include a ban from playing soccer in the country.

The alleged bets took place from March 4, 2006 to late last month.

Black played for two other teams in the Scottish League One –- Inverness CT and Hearts -– during the time period in question.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12.


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