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Strathspey Thistle defender facing SFA charge over gambling allegations

By Ali Morrison

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Strathspey's Ashley Ballam battles with Wick's Mark Munro in the far north side's 1-0 in mid December.
Strathspey's Ashley Ballam battles with Wick's Mark Munro in the far north side's 1-0 in mid December.

Jags centre half Ashley Ballam has been given a notice of complaint from the Scottish Football Association over an allegation of gambling on football games.

He is one of 14 players who have been handed a citation relating to alleged offences to have taken place between July 2011 and June 2019.

It is claimed that Ballam placed bets on various occasions between February 2, 2019 and May 26, 2020. His hearing has been set for February 11.

The match betting is alleged to have happened before the defender rejoined his home town club in August 2020.

At the time he signed a one-year permanent deal with the Seafield Park outfit from SPL League Two side Elgin City.

No person involved in the game under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA is allowed to gamble on football matches.

Inverness Caley Thistle's Shane Sutherland is another player facing betting accusations.

He rejoined Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2020 signing from Elgin City, but previously played for Inverness between 2010 and 2013.

His hearing will also take place on February 11.

Morton manager Dougie Imrie has also been charged with alleged historical betting offences by the Scottish FA.

Imrie is accused of gambling on football during his time as a player, dating from 2011 to 2019.

Another who has been cited is Cove Rangers coach Gordon Young.

Five of the 14 players also receiving a notice of complaint are from League Two club Elgin City. They are Matthew Cooper, Conor O'Keefe, Darryl McHardy, Thomas McHale and Aiden Sopel.

Others involved in football to receive a notice of complaint include Bryan Gilfillian (Threave Rovers), Gavin Swankie (Arbroath), James McGowan (Albion Rovers), Rabin Omar (Stirling Albion) and Robert Scott (Deveronvale).

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