West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta Faces FA Charges Over Betting, €93 million Man City Move At Risk

West Ham's Lucas Paqueta Faces FA Charges Over Betting, €93 million Man City Move At Risk
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West Ham Unit­ed mid­field­er Lucas Paque­ta is fac­ing charges from the Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion (FA) for alleged­ly breach­ing bet­ting rules. This devel­op­ment throws his pro­posed €93 mil­lion (£80 mil­lion) sum­mer trans­fer to Man­ches­ter City into seri­ous doubt.

The FA inves­ti­ga­tion cen­ters on sus­pi­cious bet­ting activ­i­ty sur­round­ing three yel­low cards Paque­ta received in the 2023/24 Pre­mier League season. 

The probe began after unusu­al bet­ting pat­terns emerged relat­ed to a yel­low card Paque­ta was shown in stop­page time dur­ing West Ham’s open­ing-day draw against AFC Bournemouth last August. The FA also exam­ined two oth­er yel­low cards issued to the Brazil­ian — one against Aston Vil­la and anoth­er against Leeds United.

Paque­ta, 26, main­tains his inno­cence and has coop­er­at­ed with the FA’s inves­ti­ga­tion. He was inter­viewed in Sep­tem­ber 2023 and grant­ed access to his phone for exam­i­na­tion the fol­low­ing month. While the exact charges haven’t been dis­closed, it’s under­stood Paque­ta is not accused of plac­ing the bets himself. 

How­ev­er, a poten­tial ban result­ing from these charges would sig­nif­i­cant­ly impact his trans­fer val­ue and dis­rupt both West Ham’s plans for the play­er and Man­ches­ter City’s pur­suit of Bernar­do Sil­va’s replacement.

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