Tuesday 23 October 2018

Clifford in six-month betting ban

Dundalk’s Conor Clifford
Dundalk’s Conor Clifford

Dundalk have offered their support to midfielder Conor Clifford after he was given a six-month ban for betting breaches.

Dubliner Clifford, who joined Dundalk at the start of this season after a spell in England, pleaded guilty to breaking FA rules which prohibit current players from gambling on any form of football.

Under the terms of the ban, Clifford (26) cannot play for or even train with Dundalk, or any other club, until next April.

"The charges all refer to a time before Conor signed for Dundalk and there is no suggestion at all that he continued to place bets after joining the club," Dundalk said.

"These events took place during an unhappy period of Conor's time in England. The club have assisted Conor throughout this process and will continue to provide appropriate support."

Former Chelsea trainee Clifford was called into the Ireland squad four times by Giovanni Trapattoni.

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