Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Rangers FC goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been charged with violating gambling rules by the Scottish Football Association, according to the BBC.

Simonsen is accused of gambling on 55 matches—18 in 2013-2014 and 37 this season.

The notice said that there is no evidence of Simonsen gambling on matches he played in or any Rangers matches, but the SFA rules prohibit managers, players, club officials and referees in the association from gambling on matches anywhere in the world.

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Simonsen has until Jan. 29 to respond to the charges, with a hearing scheduled for Feb. 12.

Rangers FC, based in Glasgow, Scotland, is currently second in the Scottish Championship table, the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, with 20 points and a 13-2-5 record.

Simonsen signed with Rangers in September 2013 after a short stint with Dundee in the Scottish Premier League. He began his career with Tranmere Rovers in the English Football League First Division in 1996 and signed with Premier League side Everton in 1998. He also has played for Stoke City, Sheffield United and Preston North End.

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Simonsen’s teammate, Ian Black, was fined and suspended for 10 matches in September 2013, a penalty that was shortened to three games, after he was accused of gambling on 160 matches over a seven-year period, including three bets against his own team.

- Phil Watson

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