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Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen charged with gambling breach





Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with breaching strict gambling rules.

Hampden chiefs claim the 35-year-old Englishman placed 18 bets last season and another 37 this term.

SFA Disciplinary Rule 33 prohibits players, coaches, club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

The governing body's first charge states that the former Everton and Dundee stopper placed 18 bets between January 15 and June 22 last year.

A second rap accuses Simonsen, 35, of then gambling on 37 matches which took place between September 6 and January 13.

The SFA insist there is no suggestion the Ibrox player was involved in any of the matches he is accused of betting on.

A Principal Hearing has been set for Thursday, February 12. Simonsen has until Thursday, January 29, to respond to the complaint.