Kyle Lafferty faces FA betting misconduct charge

Norwich’s Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct in relation to betting.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international, a key part of the North’s Euro 2016 squad, is alleged to have broken FA rules by betting on a match in February.

The governing body said in a statement: “Kyle Lafferty has been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to betting.

“It is alleged that on February 20 2016, the Norwich City forward placed a bet on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition in breach of FA rule E8.

“He has until 5 August 2016 to respond to the charge.”

Norwich declined to comment yesterday.

Lafferty fell out of favour at Norwich last season and is expecting to move to another club later this summer.

He made just three appearances for Norwich last season and after being linked with a move to Leeds among other clubs, joined Birmingham on loan in March.

The former Burnley forward started in two of Northern Ireland’s matches at the Euro 2016 finals in France in June and stepped off the bench in another as Michael O’Neill’s side reached the knock-out stages.

Lafferty started his career at Burnley and made over 80 appearances before Rangers paid £3 million for him in June 2008.

He spent four years at Rangers, scoring 38 goals, and had spells at FC Sion and Palermo before joining Norwich for an undisclosed fee in June 2014. He also spent time on loan with Turkish club Rizespor at the end of the 2014/15 season.


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