Arsenal have opened an investigation following revelations that academy coach Mark Arber may broke FA rules by betting on the signing of Mesut Ozil.
The Germany midfielder Ozil created headlines on the final day of the transfer window when he agreed to move to the Emirates from Real Madrid for a club record £42.4m fee.
While most of the footballing world were left surprised by the capture, Arber was clearly delighted with the scoop writing on his Twitter feed: “Lovely bit of 14-1 Mesut.”
That tweet appears to have landed the former footballer in trouble however with sugges-tions that he may have used his inside knowledge to benefit from the deal.
A spokesperson for Arsenal confirmed the investigation saying “All our employees and workers are well aware of their responsibilities in this respect and we are looking into this as a matter of urgency.”
FA regulations are quite strict on the matter claiming that you cannot bet on an event where you are believed to have influence, with the key words being “direct or indirect” and while Arber may not have been directly involved in the deal the fact that he would have indirect knowledge of the deal could prove decisive.
The FA regulations state: “You are not allowed to place a bet on a game or competition in which you have any influence, either direct or indirect.
“The above includes all bets related to the following: Any other events involving your club or other clubs playing in the same league competition (such as next manager markets).”