Longford Town midfielder guilty to match-fixing charges
Colm James is facing a 1,5 year ban after the IFA found him guilty of betting offences. At this stage, it’s unclear if the Longford Town midfielder will appeal against the Irish Football Association ruling. One thing is for sure, the ban jeopardizes his Longford Town contract
and even his career as a professional soccer player.
Integrity of the game
29-year-old James allegedly breached betting regulations and his violation was a threat to the game's integrity
, read a statement from the IFA. The ruling is the result of an eight-week probe conducted by several entities, including Ireland's National Police Service. Both the European and international football association also participated in the investigation.
Longford Town has yet to release an official statement regarding the match-fixing case
. A spokesperson for the IFA added that it was up to the civil authorities to take further action against the 29-year-old. Colm James has previously played for Bray Wanderers, Galway United, Sporting Fingal and Shelbourne.