Scottish FA investigation

Aberdeen director in gambling probe

Duncan Skinner

Dons director Duncan Skinner is alleged to have bet on his club to lose (pic: SNS Group).

Aberdeen director Duncan Skinner has been charged with breaching Scottish football’s gambling rules, including a bet against his own team.

Mr Skinner, who is also on the board of Sportscotland, is alleged to have placed 589 bets on 1465 games since season 2014/15, 81 of them involving the Dons.

He is said to have made 74 bets on the Pittodrie side to win, six on a draw and one on the team to lose. It’s been reported that the game he put money on Aberdeen to lose was the 1-0 defeat to Celtic on February 1, 2017.

There is no suggestion that match-fixing is involved and Aberdeen confirmed that both the club and Mr Skinner are co-operating with the Scottish FA on the matter.

“The club is obviously aware of the citation and, along with Duncan, is co-operating fully with the SFA, in addition to conducting its own internal review,” said a club statement.

“As this is a live case, we will not be commenting further at this point.”

Mr Skinner has until January 3 to respond to the notice of complaint issued by the SFA, with his judicial hearing set for January 11.

The Dons director is alleged to have breached Rule 31 which says: “No club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall gamble in any way on a football match.”

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