West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta charged by FA for alleged breaches of betting rules


The English Football Association (FA) has charged West Ham midfielder Lucas Paquetá with allegedly breaching betting rules.

Paquetá, is charged with four breaches for “influence the progress, conduct, or any other aspect of, or occurrence in these matches by intentionally seeking to receive a card from the referee for the improper purpose of affecting the betting market in order for one or more persons to profit from betting.”

According to the FA, the breaches are related to four matches over his first two seasons with West Ham: Nov. 12, 2022 vs. Leicester City; March 12, 2023 vs. Aston Villa; May 21, 2023 vs. Leeds United; and Aug. 12, 2023 vs. Bournemouth.

Paquetá posted a statement on Instagram Thursday morning in response to the charges. Paquetá has until June 3 to formally respond to the FA.