Imps forward Chris Maguire has been suspended by the club after being hit with a betting charge.
Maguire, who was told in the summer he wasn’t part of the manager’s plans, is alleged to have breached the FA’s strict betting rules during his time with Oxford United, Bury, Sunderland and the Imps. A short FA statement read: “Chris Maguire has been charged with misconduct in relation to an alleged breach of The FA’s Betting Rules. It is alleged that the Lincoln City FC forward breached FA Rule E8 by placing 52 bets on football matches between 17 March 2017 and 12 February 2022. Chris Maguire has until Tuesday 30 August to provide a response.”
The club reacted quickly, suspending the Scottish forward and issuing a brief statement, saying: “Chris Maguire has been charged with misconduct under FA Rule E8. He has until August 30 to respond to the allegations. Chris has been suspended by Lincoln City without prejudice until further notice.”
No further details are available at this time, but Liam Scully will be on BBC Radio Lincolnshire at 3pm to discuss the issue. which will be the club’s only comment on the situation.
Maguire joined the Imps after leaving Sunderland last season, and has 39 appearances, scoring five goals. Three of those goals came against Sunderland in the 3-1 win at their place last season, and one other came from the penalty spot as we went down 3-2 to MK Dons on Boxing Day. He’s made three appearances from the bench this season, in the opening two league fixtures and the win against Doncaster in the Carabao Cup.
The news will bring back memories of Bradley Wood, the popular Imps right back who was also suspended and eventually released by the club for breaching betting laws. Whilst it isn’t ideal for the Imps, Maguire isn’t a key first-team player and wasn’t expected to play much more for the club.