The Director of Football at League One Peterborough United, Barry Fry, has been charged by the FA for what they allege is a breach of the organisation’s betting rules.
The charges are in relation to claims made to the FA that former chairman-manager at Peterborough had made a bet during the 2017/2018 season. Betting on football matches is outlawed for anyone employed in the game, under current FA rules.
In its statement to the press, confirming the charges, the FA detailed the specifics of the breach that Fry is alleged to have committed:
“It is alleged that he placed bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions during the 2017-18 season in breach of FA Rule E8.”
Storm In A Tea-Cup
But the Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has offered his full support for Fry, claiming on social media that the charge was a “storm in a teacup”. He went on to state that he and the club were fully behind Fry and that he was confident that the matter would be resolved once the full facts come out at the FA hearing, where the case will be decided.
The official comment from Peterborough was less committal, stating only that Fry had been charged over alleged betting offences, and that the club were working with the FA on the issue. Fry, who was previously the manager at Birmingham City, has been given until December 20 to make a formal response to the charge.