Stoke striker Cameron Jerome fined £50,000 for breaking betting rules

The striker admitted repeat breaches of the regulations

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome has been fined £50,000 after he admitted breaching Football Association betting rules.

The 27-year-old was also warned as to his future conduct after admitting repeat breaches of the regulations. He has the right to appeal against the sanction.

A statement on the FA's website read: "Stoke City's Cameron Jerome has been fined £50,000, subject to any appeal, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"Jerome, who was also severely warned as to his future conduct, admitted a number of breaches of The FA's Betting Rules and requested a personal hearing which took place on Tuesday 13 August 2013."

Jerome's charge was issued on Monday of last week. There has been no suggestion from the FA that Jerome has gambled on games he or Stoke were involved in, or that he is in any way involved in match-fixing.

The former England Under-21 international joined Stoke from Birmingham in August 2011 and scored twice in the club's Europa League campaign that season. He struggled to break into former manager Tony Pulis' Premier League line-up, although he earned them a point last December with a stunning 30-yard strike in the last minute of a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

He was the second Premier League player to be charged under betting rules in recent months, following Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend in June.

Townsend withdrew from England's squad for the Under-21 European Championship and was subsequently banned for a month, with a further three-month ban suspended, and fined £18,000.

Accrington managing director Robert Heys was also charged with betting offences on the same day as Jerome. He has withdrawn from club duties as he awaits a hearing.

PA

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