West Ham star Lucas Paqueta set to be charged with breaking betting rules, derailing £80m Man City transfer, with three specific yellow cards identified for suspicious betting patterns

  • The FA have been investigating three bookings Paqueta received last year
  • The West Ham midfielder is now set to be charged for breaching betting rules
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Lucas Paqueta is set to be charged by the FA with alleged breaches of betting rules in a dramatic development that is likely to scupper a proposed £80million transfer to Manchester City this summer. 

The FA have been investigating suspicious betting activity surrounding three bookings Paqueta received last year for almost nine months, and Mail Sport has learned the Brazilian international is facing disciplinary charges.

Paqueta denies any wrongdoing and any knowledge of the suspicious bets, which have been traced to Paqueta Island, off the coast of Rio de Janiero. 

The 26-year-old was interviewed by the FA last September and gave the governing body access to his phone the following month.

The FA investigation was triggered by suspicious betting patterns surrounding an injury-time yellow card received by Paqueta in West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on the opening day of the season last August. 

West Ham star Lucas Paqueta is set to be charged by the FA for breaking betting rules

In addition to Paqueta’s booking for shoving Bournemouth’s Illia Zabarnyi the FA also investigated bets on two yellow cards he received last season; one for a late challenge on John McGinn in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on March 11 and another for fouling Leeds’ Crysencio Summerville on May 21.

Paqueta’s case will be heard by an independent commission and he could be given a ban if found guilty. While Ivan Toney received an eight-month ban for betting on football last year it is understood that Paqueta has not been accused of placing any bets himself.

The FA’s plans to charge Paqueta are a hammer blow for both the player and his club, as it will shatter his transfer value and create huge problems for new head coach.

Paqueta is contracted to West Ham until 2027 and under normal circumstances the club would either seek to cash in this summer or agree a long-term extension, but neither scenario is now likely to materialise.

City agreed to pay £80m for Paqueta last year and have identified him as a potential replacement for Bernando Silva, who is wanted by Paris Saint Germain. 

Meeting Paqueta’s release clause would not be a problem for City, but they are unlikely to pursue their interest if he is charged with a betting offence.

The FA and West Ham have been approached for comment.

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