Chairman resigns in National League amid FA betting investigation

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EASTLEIGH chairman Kenny Amor has resigned amid an investigation into a potential breach of betting rules, National League club Vanarama have announced.

Amor also resigned from the board after revealing he would be charged with misconduct by the Football Association.

The club and Amor, who admitted his guilt, concluded his position had become untenable and decided to act now before the FA published the charge.

Amor said in a statement released by the club: “With great regret, I must announce today that I will step down as chairman of the club and step down from the board with immediate effect.

“I have taken this decision as my position has become untenable. I have made a major error in judgment and I believe it is fair to the football club that I therefore resign as president.

Amor revealed he was questioned by the FA in February and will now await the outcome of the hearing following the indictment.

He admitted gambling was a hobby that had become a problem.

He added: “My mistake was to keep betting on football matches for the last eight years that I have worked in football.

“I went from someone who casually placed football accumulators over a weekend to someone who found myself betting every day in any league in the world. Over the past few years, betting for me had clearly become a problem.

“I would like to apologize to my family, my colleagues and the supporters of Eastleigh for letting them down.”

Amor, who has been with the Spitfires since 2014, hopes there will be a ‘pathway’ for him to return to the game in the future.

He said: “I feel I have more to offer, having already made an impact at my club, putting so much time and energy into it.”

The club has confirmed that Tom Coffey will take on the role of chairman and oversee the day-to-day running of the club.

A statement read: “Eastleigh Football Club can confirm today that Kenny Amor has resigned as chairman and has also resigned from the board, effective immediately.

“Following an investigation by the FA into a potential breach of betting rules, it has unfortunately become clear that his position has become untenable.”

Eastleigh are managed by former Southend United striker Lee Bradbury.

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