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Orlando Pirates dismiss Video Footage Claiming Players were Shown Placing Bets

Orlando Pirates, the Soweto-based football club, has responded to allegations of their first-team players being involved in betting on football matches.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the club refuted the claims and provided clarification on the video footage that has been circulating on social media.

“The Club has noted a video circulating on social media involving two of our players discussing betting,” the statement read. “We would like to clarify that the players in the video did not place any bets. The video captured a light-hearted moment among teammates purporting to have placed a bet on an English Premiership match.”

The club acknowledged the seriousness of the issue and emphasized that betting on any sport is strictly prohibited for professional players. “As a Club, we are fully aware of the regulations regarding betting. Betting on any sport is strictly prohibited for any professional player.”

The Buccaneers stated that they have addressed the matter with the players involved, stressing the importance of adhering to betting regulations to avoid potential long-term consequences. “The players recognize their error in judgment and have since apologized.”

To ensure compliance, the club has initiated an internal investigation to confirm that no player is involved in any form of sports betting, as it would constitute a breach of the club’s handbook.

The statement also referenced the FIFA Code of Ethics, which strongly forbids players from actively participating in betting or gambling activities related to football matches or competitions.

Orlando Pirates’ prompt response and commitment to upholding the integrity of the sport reflect their dedication to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism within their squad.

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