The Football Association announce that all professional footballers in England will be banned from betting on football matches from next season.
The new rules were introduced at the FA’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday and it will apply to footballers in the top eight tiers of English football.
Currently players are banned from betting on competitions only in which their club is involved.
Under the new rules, players are unable to pass on inside information to a third party who uses the information for betting purposes.
The ban will mean footballers are unable to bet, either directly or indirectly on any football match or competition that takes places anywhere in the world.
The rules also stop betting on any football-related matter such as transfers, managerial changes or team selection.
It comes after Premier League players such as Andros Townsend, Cameron Jerome and Dan Gosling, who has recently signed for Championship side AFC Bournemouth, are among those who have breached current betting regulations.
Townsend was fined £18,000 in June last year, Jerome £50,000 last August and Gosling £30,000 in March this year.
Ronnie Moore was sacked by Tranmere Rovers in April after admitting breaching the current FA betting rules – the first manager to do so.
It also comes after the match fixing scandal late last year involving players playing for Football League clubs.