22 Month Ban For Gambling Agent

Matt Hart Stellar Management
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13 April 2018

An independent RFU disciplinary panel has imposed a 22 month suspension on RFU registered agent Matt Hart of Stellar Management Group, after he was found guilty of two breaches of World Rugby / RFU betting regulations whilst acting as a registered rugby agent.

Hart is the agent for England forward Maro Itoje, Ben T'eo, Wales star Taulupe Faletau and Harlequins prodigy Marcus Smith among others.The first charge related to betting on the outcome and/or any aspect of an event and receiving part or all of the proceeds of such betting (World Rugby Regulation 6.1.1c and RFU regulations 8.3.2 and 17.3.1c).

The second charge was for non-cooperation with a request for information from the RFU anti-corruption officer, which was contrary to RFU Regulations 8.3.2. and 17.3.5c.

During the period 7 January 2013 to 31 July 2016, Hart placed 1,476 bets of a total value of £650,000 on rugby union worldwide on the Bet365 account registered in his name and he received the proceeds (or parts of the proceeds) of the successful bets.

The panel, which is independent of the RFU also ordered the payment of the RFU administration fee of £500.

Alys Lewis, RFU anti-corruption officer, said: "This decision unequivocally demonstrates that any activity which undermines the integrity of our sport, and exposes players and rugby to potential integrity issues, will be treated seriously by the RFU.

"The sums of money involved and the frequency and duration of the betting, coupled with the lack of cooperation with

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