Sports lawTuesday 10 July 2018
The FA v Bradley Wood – sanctions for match fixing and betting
In April 2018 David Phillips chaired an FA Regulatory Commission in case of Bradley Wood. Mr Wood was alleged to have committed match-fixing offences relating to both a betting cartel and related matters. After a two day hearing, the Commission found the charges proved and (amongst other things) suspended Mr Wood from all football-related activities for a period of 6 years. The Written Reasons can be seen here. The FA appealed the decision, arguing that the penalty was unduly lenient and that Mr Wood should have been suspended for life. After a two day hearing, on 19 June 2018, the Appeal Board delivered Written Reasons dismissing the appeal and upholding the decision of the Regulatory Commission.