FA chairman Lord Triesman has insisted that players, managers and referees should be banned from football if they are found guilty of placing any kind of bets on the game.

The aim is to tighten up any loopholes to protect the integrity of the Premier League and football in general, as the current rules only prevent people from placing a bet on a match or competition in which they have a direct involvement.

"The restrictions are fairly limited at the moment. They need to be more widespread and very clear. Anybody involved in football shouldn’t bet on football - including me,” The Sun quoted Triesman, as saying.

Triesman further said that he has full confidence in former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry, who is heading a Government panel to investigate betting laws in Britain. "Rick is probably one of those people who will find a really sensible balancing act. I have every confidence he will think his way through the issue,” Triesman said.

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