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FA want to ban Lucas Paqueta for LIFE as new shocking details of alleged betting scam revealed

FA want to ban Lucas Paqueta for LIFE as new shocking details of alleged betting scam revealed

West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta has been charged with alleged betting breaches.

The FA reportedly want to ban West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta for life as developments over his alleged betting breaches emerge.

The Brazilian has been the subject of a lengthy investigation into betting activity and specifically four yellow cards he received in the Premier League.

Paqueta has been charged by the FA, for alleged breaches of rules E5 and F3 - having been accused of deliberately getting booked.

The four counts of alleged spot fixing relate to cautions against Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Leeds and Leicester City.

A betting authority, later revealed to be West Ham's shirt sponsor Betway, found that a 'larger than usual number of bets' had been placed in his birth place of Paqueta Island, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The former Lyon and AC Milan star has protested his innocence in a statement but Matt Hughes of The Sun claims the FA are advocating a lifetime ban in the event he is found guilty.

The governing body are believed see Paqueta's alleged offences as more serious than previous incidents involving Kynan Isaac and Bradley Wood, who were banned for ten and six years respectively after getting booked on purpose in FA Cup games.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

It's claimed that around sixty bets were placed on yellow cards, with the lowest at £7 and the highest standing at £400.

The total winnings came in at £100,000. Paqueta did not place any bets but is accused of getting cautioned so his friends could benefit financially.

The FA are still in the process of collating information from Brazil and much like with Brentford striker Ivan Toney, the case is expected to drag on for months before a hearing takes place.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Paqueta denies all wrongdoing and his lawyers have been given more time to lodge an official response to the charges.

His mooted move to Manchester City has collapsed as a result of the alleged breaches.

SPORTbible has contacted Paqueta's representatives, while West Ham declined to do so.

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Topics: West Ham, Premier League, Brazil