Orlando Pirates Release Statement After Viral Video Shows Players Discussing Betting on Man Utd Game

Orlando Pirates Release Statement After Viral Video Shows Players Discussing Betting on Man Utd Game

Byron Pillay
May 15, 2024 at 8:11 AM
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  • Orlando Pirates have released a statement after a video involving their stars surfaced online
  • Some of the Buccaneers stars were spotted discussing betting on a Manchester United game
  • Brentford's Ivan Toney and Newcastle United's Sandro Tonali were both banned for betting

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Orlando Pirates takes allegations of betting among its players very seriously.

The club made that point clear as they released a statement over a video circulating on social media.

Some Orlando Pirates players are being investigated for betting.
Orlando Pirates have launched an investigation after a video circulating on social media seemed to show some of their stars betting. Image: @Rushsportson2.
Source: Twitter

In the video, which was recorded by one of the squad, two of the club’s players can be seen discussing betting and talking about placing a bet on an English Premier League game.

According to FIFA’s rules regarding the practice, players are prohibited from participating in betting, gambling, lotteries or similar events related to football matches.

International stars like Sandro Tonali and Ivan Toney have already been banned for betting offences.

Pirates release statement about betting video

The Soweto giants have since released a statement on their website regarding the matter, stating that the video captured a light-hearted moment between the players and that no bets were actually placed.

“As a Club, we are fully aware of the regulations regarding betting. Betting on any sport is strictly prohibited for any professional player.
"However, we have addressed the matter with the players involved, emphasising that even in jest, such discussions can have serious implications.”

The Buccaneers have also promised to launch an internal investigation into the matter to ensure no betting was conducted.

“Due to the seriousness of this matter, the club has instituted its own internal investigation to ensure that no player is involved in any form of sports betting as this would constitute a breach in the club handbook that all players are signatory to,” the statement read.

Toney receives lengthy FA ban

Sports Brief reported previously how Brentford striker Ivan Toney was hit with an 8-month ban for betting.

The striker pleaded guilty to 232 charges brought against him by the Football Association in 2022.

Following the verdict, the English attacker released a short but powerful statement on social media.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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