After being found guilty of breaching FA regulations that were gambling leeds midfielder Jordan Stevens was suspended.
The charges alleged that Stevens put 59 bets on soccer matches between May 27, 2019, and August 6, 2018.
The 19-year-old, that left a Sky Bet Championship appearance for Leeds last year, confessed that a misconduct charge in connection to the FA’s Betting Rules and was fined #1,200.
Stevens signed out of Forest Green Rovers at January 2018 for Leeds and has under a year remaining on his current deal at Elland Road.
He included for Marcelo Bielsa’s side through pre-season but is yet to make an appearance for the Whites that year.
A statement from the club :”We acknowledge the sanctions passed down by the FA into Jordan Stevens after a breach of gambling regulations.
“We will encourage Jordan through this procedure, he is a young footballer who wants teaching on the dangers of outside influences and the way to conduct himself as a professional footballer.
“As a team we feel that banning a 19-year-old footballer from participating in practice or interacting with all the club staff is still an excessive punishment”
Leeds’ chief executive Angus Kinnear said:”Although we fully comprehend the value of this FA’s part in protecting the integrity of the game, we’re hugely disappointed at the FA’s selection of sanction.
“To prevent young footballer from participate in any football activities at such a crucial period of his profession is a disproportionate punishment after a foolish error from a young player.
“We are especially disappointed that the sanction was determined by 2 former professional footballers that we hoped would have had a better understanding of the effects of their decision.”