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Gambling is "rife" in Scottish football with managers, referees, directors and chairmen all involved, according to PFA Scotland chairman John Rankin.

His comments come in the wake of former Manchester City, Rangers and QPR player Joey Barton being banned for 18 months for breaking rules on gambling.

Players' union chief Rankin, who plays for Queen of the South, said: "We've imposed bans, that's not stopping it,

"It's rife, we're not hiding from it. The majority are probably doing it."

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has announced that its sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football League will continue next season amid news that the Scottish Football Supporters Association urged a review of the game's links with gambling.

The Scottish football leagues, Scottish Cup, League Cup and some clubs are sponsored by gambling companies.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, Rankin claimed: "It's not just players who are gambling. Managers, referees, directors, chairmen, they've all got inside knowledge.

"Are you telling me they don't have betting accounts? I would suggest they have."


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