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More problems for Athlone Town as forward handed seven-match ban for betting

Jason Lyons has been sanctioned by the FAI.

Lyons representing Ireland at the World University Games earlier this year.
Lyons representing Ireland at the World University Games earlier this year.
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IN WHAT HAS already been an extremely troubled season, Athlone Town today encountered yet more controversy.

Forward Jason Lyons has been suspended for seven matches after falling foul of the FAI’s betting rules.

The association confirmed the ban via email this afternoon and the 22-year-old is believed to have placed a number of small bets on League of Ireland matches.

The Irish Sun report that he wasn’t involved in the matches in question, however.

Lyons, who represented Ireland at the World University Games back in August, has made 22 league appearances for the First Division’s bottom-placed club — scoring four goals. He began his senior career at Salthill Devon before joining Athlone in July 2016.

The suspension comes just weeks after team-mates Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan were both handed 12-month bans for breaking rules relating to gambling, manipulating matches and bringing the game into disrepute.

Roddy Collins’ Athlone face Cabinteely in their penultimate league fixture tomorrow night, then end the season at home to UCD.

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