Cameron Jerome, the Stoke City striker, has admitted breaching the Football Association's betting regulations. The 26-year-old former England Under-21 international has been charged with betting on a competition in which his team play, something that contravenes FA rules. It is understood that Jerome is not facing allegations of match-fixing or gambling on games in which he was involved.
He faces a fine and suspension. In June Andros Townsend, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, was fined £18,000 and banned for four months – although three were suspended – for an infringement of FA betting laws. The charges dictated that Townsend, who blamed his gambling on "boredom", missed out on representing England's Under-21s in the European Championship in Israel, something he said he deeply regretted.
An FA statement on Monday read: "The FA has charged Stoke City's Cameron Jerome with breaches of its rules in relation to a number of betting offences. Jerome has admitted the charges. A date for an independent regulatory commission to hear the case will be set in due course." Stoke are standing by Jerome and said they would be supporting the striker at the disciplinary hearing.
A statement from the club read: "Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules. Cameron has admitted the charges and will attend an independent regulatory commission, at which he will be supported by the club. The club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time."
Robert Heys, Accrington Stanley's managing director, has been charged with a number of alleged betting offences by the FA. As with players, FA rules prohibit officials betting on games in competitions in which their club is involved. Heys, who has been at the League Two club for more than 10 years, has until Friday to respond to the charges.