A PROFESSIONAL footballer who rose to prominence with a Winsford schoolboy team is facing an FA enquiry over a betting scandal.
David Mannix, 23, learnt his trade with junior side Over Three before Liverpool FC scouts spotted his potential and took him to Anfield, where he made his debut for the U17s at the tender age of 13.
Last week the midfielder, who went to St Nicholas Catholic High School in Hartford, was charged by the Football Association over allegations he bet £4,000 on his own team, Accrington Stanley, to lose a league match against Bury last season.
Mannix, now at Chester City, is one of five players accused of breaching the FA’s betting rules. Bury won the match 2-0.
An FA statement said: “All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match. Mannix is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £4,000.”
Mannix did not play in the game in May but Chester teammate Jay Harris, who was also at Accrington at the time, was in the starting line-up. He’s accused of staking £2,000 on Bury.
The FA were alerted after bookies in the North West reported unusual betting patterns in the lead up to the match, with higher than usual amounts being laid down in bets.
All five players face serious sanctions, including the possibility of long suspensions, if the charges are proven. They have until April 23 to respond to the charges.
Under FA rules players, managers and coaching staff are prohibited from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which they are participating, or have any influence.