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Leeds United: Fans react as Stevens given six-week FA ban for betting rule breaches

Leeds United: Fans react as Stevens given six-week FA ban for betting rule breaches

Loads of Leeds United supporters have been reacting on social media, after the West Yorkshire outfit issued a statement regarding the Football Association’s decision to hand Jordan Stevens a six-week ban from all football-related activities.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been given the punishment after admitting to a charge of placing 59 bets on football fixtures last season, including five on matches involving the Elland Road natives.

Of those involving the Whites, Stevens had backed the West Yorkshire side to win on three occasions and both teams to score in the remaining two, which saw an Independent Regulatory Commission accept the FA’s decision to deem those bets as the most serious aspect of the case.

Stevens was not involved in any of his side’s encounters that he placed a bet on, while the committee heard that the midfielder had been struggling with homesickness, anxiety, boredom and difficulties integrating himself at Leeds.

His age, inexperience and the position the gambling industry finds itself in within the football community were also pointed to in Stevens’ defence, but the Commission saw his acts as a ‘wilful disregard’ of the betting rules he had knowledge of.

Leeds have expressed their disappointment in the Commission’s decision, with Chief Executive Angus Kinnear noting: “Whilst we fully recognise the importance of the FA’s role in protecting the integrity of the game, we are hugely disappointed in the FA’s choice of sanction.

“To prevent a young footballer from taking part in any football activities at such [a] critical period of his career is a disproportionate punishment following a foolish mistake from a young player.

“We are particularly disappointed that the sanction was determined by two former professional footballers, who we hoped would have had a better understanding of the impact of their decision.”

Stevens will now be suspended until October 10, and has also been issued a £1,200 fine.

Here are some of the reactions shared by Leeds supporters to Stevens’ ban and Kinnear’s comments…

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