Further woe for Town with Jason Lyons ban

The situation at Athlone Town FC deteriorated further last week with news that Jason Lyons has been suspended for betting offences.

It was originally reported that The Town striker had been handed a seven game ban for betting on FAI games he did not take part in. However, The Irish Sun has since claimed that the betting took place on games that Lyons did play in, one of which being a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of UCD back in April. The paper said the amounts wagered were small in nature and that there is no suggestion Lyons attempted to influence the outcome of the games in question.

The ban has no connection to the suspensions received by Igor Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan for offences connected to Athlone's game against Longford Town in April. However, it was the investigation into that game that uncovered Lyons' breach of the rules.

The ban means that Lyons will now have to sit out the final two league games of the season, as well as the first five games of next season.

Lyons played 22 times for Athlone this season, scoring four goals, and also played for Ireland at the World University Games in Tapei last month.

In other news, the FAI have charged Athlone Town for bringing the game into disrepute, due to the club's public statement concerning the bans handed down to Labuts and Sfrijan.

The statement referred as the FAI investigation into the matter as "flawed" and "predetermined".

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