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Rangers goalkeeper suspended two matches for betting on 55 games


Steve Simonsen will be on the sidelines for the next two matches for some pretty serious stupidity.

The Rangers goalkeeper has been banned for two matches for betting on 55 soccer matches, with another one-game ban given in a suspended sentence.

The charges were originally handed down on January 22, and a hearing before an independent panel was held to determine the final punishment.

The FA did release that none of the wagered matches involved Rangers, a course of action which would have carried a much heavier punishment than the one he eventually received. It said he placed wagers on 18 matches from last season and 37 from this year, presumably in the Scottish ranks.

According to Scottish FA rules, players are prohibited from betting on soccer games throughout the world. The 35-year-old signed for Rangers as a free agent in September 2013, and he has started all but the first two games of the year this season. He has helped Rangers to a second-place spot in the Scottish Championship table, with Rangers down in the lower division thanks to their financial struggles. He will be suspended for Friday’s league game against Hibernian as well as one the following Friday against Raith Rovers. The club lost to Hibernian 4-0 last time around.

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