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West Ham star Lucas Paqueta charged with betting breaches amid Man City transfer saga

West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta
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West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta has been charged by the FA over breaches of betting rules. The player has been under investigation for most of the last 12 months over alleged infringements of the regulations.

A statement says: "The player has been charged with four breaches of FA Rule E5.1 in relation to his conduct in the club’s Premier League fixtures against Leicester City on 12 November 2022; Aston Villa on 12 March 2023; Leeds United on 21 May 2023; and AFC Bournemouth on 12 August 2023.

"It’s alleged that he directly sought to influence the progress, conduct, or any other aspect of, or occurrence in these matches by intentionally seeking to receive a card from the referee for the improper purpose of affecting the betting market in order for one or more persons to profit from betting.

"Lucas Paqueta has also been charged with two breaches of FA Rule F3 in respect of alleged failures to comply pursuant to FA Rule F2. The player has until 03 June 2024 to provide a response to these charges subject to any request for an extension to this deadline.

"The FA will be making no further comment until the conclusion of this case."

Paqueta was a serious target for Manchester City last summer before details over the investigation emerged. Pep Guardiola's side pivoted to sign Wolves' Matheus Nunes instead.

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Last season - in December 2022 - Ivan Toney was also charged with betting breaches. The England and Brentford star was eventually handed an eight-month ban from football, half of which stopped him from being at the club's training ground.

Newcastle summer signing in 2023, Sandro Tonali, also had a lengthy ban after breaching separate betting rules in Italy as well.