Longford Town’s Colm James banned for 18 months for betting offences

Two-month investigation involved Fifa, Uefa and the Gardai

Colm James in action during his days with Sporting Fingal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Colm James in action during his days with Sporting Fingal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho


Longford Town midfielder Colm James has been banned from playing by the FAI for 18 months after having been found guilty of various offences relating to betting or attempting to bet on games.

The 29-year-old, who won the FAI in 2009 with Sporting Fingal, must decide over the coming days whether to appeal the verdict and/or sanction which, if it is left to stand, will almost certainly end his involvement with Longford and might end of his professional career.

James was found to have violated the association’s rules in relation to “bringing the game into disrepute”, “corruption” and “betting/gambling”. The decision comes after what the FAI describes as a “detailed” two-month investigation that involved Uefa, Fifa and the Gardaí.

In its statement, issued last night, the FAI suggested it was a matter for the civil authorities as to whether further proceedings might be taken against James who has also had previous spells with Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers.

“This decision has been made with reference to sporting rules and procedures only,” it said. “Any other action which may be taken is a matter for statutory authorities.”

Longford Town officials could not be contacted last night by The Irish Times.
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