Nottingham Forest striker hit with suspended ban and fine

Dexter Blackstock has been handed a three-month suspended ban after admitting to breaking the Football Association's betting guidelines.

In a report on on the official FA website, it has been confirmed that the current Nottingham Forest striker - who spent a period on loan at Leeds United last season, before an injury ruled out any action until October - has been suspended from any football activity for three months, as well as being fined for £60,000. Although, it must also be noted, that the suspension has been stayed until 31 May 2016, and can only be brought forward following another breach of FA regulation in that period.

The statement read: "Nottingham Forest’s Dexter Blackstock has been suspended from all football activity for three months after he admitted multiple breaches of FA Rule E8 for misconduct in relation to betting.

"However, the Independent Regulatory Commission ordered that the player’s suspension be stayed until 31 May 2016 and will only be automatically invoked upon a proven breach of the FA Betting Rules during that period.

"Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Blackstock was also fined £60,000."

Blackstock's suspension comes following an in-depth inquiry by the FA into rumours of match day fraud being controlled by overseas betting syndicates, as well as the sacking of Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore following his breach of the betting rules.

The 27-year old Antiguan international signed at Leeds United on a three month loan on 24 October, scoring with his first touch on his debut as a second half substitute in a Championship tie against Huddersfield Town. After making a further three appearances, Blackstock was ruled out for the remainder of the season following a knee injury suffered in December.

He is not expected to play again until October, when it will have to be seen if the striker fits into new boss Stuart Pearce's plans.

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