EXCLUSIVE: FA issues TEN-YEAR BAN to former Reading defender Kynan Isaac, 31, after defender was found guilty of spot-fixing and placing illegal bets on a 2021 FA Cup match he played in
- FA issues 10-year suspension to Kynan Isaac for spot-fixing and illegal bets
- The ex-Reading defender placed illegal bets on an FA Cup draw last season
- Isaac bet on himself to earn a yellow card during the match which ITV broadcast live
- The left-back played in the Southern Premier League for Stratford
- The ban given to him is one of the longest ever, effectively ending his career
The FA has handed an incredible 10-year suspension to a former Reading defender after he found him guilty of spot-fixing and placing illegal bets on an FA Cup tie he played in last season.
Sportsmail has learned that Kynan Isaac, who plays in the Southern Premier League for Stratford, was informed today of the extraordinary ban that will effectively end his career.
The FA began investigating Isaac last season after she was tipped off about suspicious betting patterns in Stratford’s first-round FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury last November.
The 31-year-old former Reading left-back was charged with spot-fixing in August after it was alleged he was intentionally booked in the 84th minute of his side’s 5-1 defeat as part of a conspiracy with friends to beat the bets . markets.
After appearing before an independent disciplinary committee, it is understood that Isaac has been found guilty of spot-fixing by intentionally earning a yellow card, failing to comply with the FA’s investigation and breaking FA rules by placing multiple bets , including several on his own team.
The resulting 10-year ban is one of the longest the FA has ever issued.
Kynan Isaac was found guilty of spot-fixing and illegal betting during an FA Cup by the FA
Defender Isaac (left) likely never to play again after his 10-year FA . ban
As Stratford play in the Southern League Premier, their matches would not normally be open to such betting markets, but the match was broadcast live on ITV, so bookmakers offered odds on individual players who were warned.
The amount of money bet on a little-known player in the seventh row that was booked led to a warning and the FA’s integrity partners launched an investigation.
Five of the strictest bans in English football
Olafur Gottskalksson (Torquay): He was suspended indefinitely for failing to take a drug test in 2005.
Don Revie (England Trainer): He was suspended for ten years for discrediting the game in 1977, but was later overturned in court for holding back on trade issues.
Mike Phoenix (Southport): He was banned for four years in 2018 for drug offences.
Josh Yorwerth (Peterborough United): He was banned for four years after missing a random drug test and using cocaine in 2018.
Jimmy Gauld (Mansfield City): He was sentenced to four years in prison for betting on their own team’s losses and match fixing between 1962 and 1964.