5 Top Players That Have Faced The Longest Ban In Football History (+Stories)

Football sometime become a horror dream for the players. In recent years some football players suffer longer bans. Players earlier punished for months but now players suffer ban for years.

The biggest betting scandal in football history, Sheffield Wednesday lost their match to Ipswich Town. The scandal involve three footballers. Tony Kay, David Layne, and Peter Swan involved in the match fixing scandal which later become a nightmare for all three footballers.

In this article, we’ll look at the top five footballers that have faced the longest ban in football history.

  • Diego Maradona -15 Months Football Ban

Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname El Pibe de Oro. The Golden Boy, a name that stuck with him throughout his career. He also had a troubled off-field life and was banned in both 1991 and 1994 for abusing drugs.

Joey Barton -18 Months Football Ban

Joseph Anthony Barton is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He made 269 appearances in the Premier League, including 130 for . He is currently the manager of League Two side Bristol Rovers.

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He was banned from football after admitting a Football Association charge relating to betting in April 2017, and upon its expiration in June 2018 commenced his managerial career with Fleetwood Town.Barton’s career and life have been marked by numerous controversial incidents and disciplinary problems and he has been convicted twice of violent crimes. On 20 May 2008, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for common assault and affray during an incident in City Centre. Barton served 74 days of this prison term, being released on 28 July 2008.

On 1 July 2008, he was also given a four-month suspended sentence after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on former teammate Ousmane Dabo during a training-ground dispute on 1 May 2007. Barton has been charged with violent conduct three times by The Football Association: for the assault on Dabo, for punching Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach and for attacking three players on the final day of the 2011/2012 season.

  • David Layne – Life time ban

David Bronco Layne is an English former footballer most famous for playing for Sheffield Wednesday and his involvement in the British betting scandal of 1964.

Layne spent two seasons at Sheffield Wednesday and was the club’s top scorer in both with 58 goals in 81 games over the two-year period. Layne’s career was however cut short in its prime when he became involved in the British betting scandal of 1964.

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Layne was found guilty of match fixing and betting against his own team and along with several other players was gaoled and banned from football for life. The ban was lifted eight years later. Layne rejoined Wednesday in 1972 but failed to earn a place on the team.

Anthony Herbert Kay is an English former footballer who became notorious after being banned from the professional game for life following the British betting scandal of 1964.

In 1964, the Sunday People newspaper broke the story that Kay, along with fellow Sheffield Wednesday players David Layne and Peter Swan, through the instigation of former Everton player Jimmy Gauld, had bet on their side to lose a match in December 1962 against Ipswich Town. The three were convicted of conspiracy to defraud, Kay on the basis of a taped conversation, one of the first times such evidence was admitted in an English court.

Kay was fined £150 and sentenced to four months imprisonment. On his release, after serving ten weeks, he was banned from football for life by the Football Association though the ban was rescinded seven years later.

  • Peter Swan – Life time ban
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Peter Swan was an English professional footballer whose career lasted from 1952 until 1974. Swan made 299 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday plus two as substitute, he was a regular in the England national side for two years between May 1960 and May 1962 winning 19 full caps, he also represented England at Under 19 and Under 23 level.

Despite his ability as a top-class defender he will be mostly remembered for his involvement in a betting scandal that led to him being banned from football for eight years between 1964 and 1972.Swan was banned on Monday 13 April 1964 just as he was preparing to play against Tottenham that evening, his place in the team being taken by Vic Mobley.

Swan received a four-month jail sentence in Lincoln jail and a life ban from football. It is believed that he might otherwise have been part of the England squad that won the 1966 , he was once told by England manager Alf Ramsey that he was top of the list.

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