Morton boss Dougie Imrie one of 14 charged by SFA over alleged betting offences

Dougie Emery has recently taken over as Greenock Morton’s championship team manager

Morton’s manager, Doge Emery, is among 14 people charged with alleged historic betting crimes by the Scottish Football Association.

Emery is accused of gambling on football during his time as a player, which dates back to the period from 2011 to 2019.

Others cited include Cove Rangers coach Gordon Young and Arbroath veteran midfielder Gavin Swanke.

The Saudi Sports for All Federation has imposed a comprehensive ban on betting on football players, coaches and staff in any match.

Inverness Caley Thistle striker Shane Sutherland is listed, along with six current Elgin City players Aiden Sopel, Conor O’Keefe, Darryl McHardy, Matthew Cooper, Thomas McHale and Rabin Omar.

Notices of all 14 complaints were issued by the Board’s Compliance Officer and hearings were issued on February 11 and 18.

BBC Scotland understands there are no suspicions of match-fixing within the charges, and the 14 cases, which were made public at once on Friday, are not part of a coordinated investigation.

Morton’s statement read: “Greenock Morton can confirm that it has received notice of a complaint from the Scottish Football Association’s Compliance Officer regarding alleged historical violations of the gambling rules by our Senior Team Manager, Doge Emery.

“The notice relates to incidents between 2011 and 2019 when Douge was a player.

“The club and Doji have cooperated fully with the Saudi Sports for All Federation throughout the investigation period and will continue to do so. Doji will provide written notes in response to the notice in the coming days.

“Doge will have the full support and backing of the Greenock Morton Board of Directors during this process.”

The Elgin City statement added: “We will speak to our players, our lawyers and the Saudi Sports for All Federation in order to determine the most appropriate way forward, and if necessary we will issue another statement in due course.”

The Scottish Football Association declined to comment on a first-hand case when contacted by BBC Scotland.

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