The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Player Agent Accreditation Board has suspended the accreditation of agent Justin McMillan for three months for breaching Cricket Australia’s Anti-Corruption Code.
Accredited Player Agents are required, as part of their accreditation, to comply with CA’s Anti-Corruption Code that prohibits, amongst other things, the placing, laying or entering into any bet in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Match or Event (as defined in that Code).
The Accredited Agent, Justin McMillan, was notified of a suspected breach of Article 2.2.1 of that Code relating to the placing of a $50 bet on an English T20 Blast game on 14 July 2016.
Mr McMillan acknowledged his contravention of the Code and voluntarily accepted the sanction offered by the Board of a 24-month period of ineligibility of which 21 months is suspended on condition that he commit no further offences under the Code for a period of two year. The effect of this sanction is that Mr McMillan is prohibited from carrying out functions as an Accredited Agent or participating in any form of cricket for a period of three months until the 23rd February 2017, at which time he can reapply to be an Accredited Agent on the condition that he undertakes a Cricket Australia Anti-Corruption education session.
In offering the suspension the Board took into consideration the fact that Mr McMillan immediately acknowledged his actions were in breach of the Code, expressed remorse and accepted the proposed sanction. He was also not in possession of any sensitive match or player information. Nonetheless, betting on any game is prohibited and a sanction was warranted.
Chairman of the ACA’s Player Agent Accreditation Board, Joe Connellan, said:
“Accredited Player Agents can’t bet on cricket Matches or Events at any level, anywhere in the world, regardless of the size of the bet and whether the game involves one of their players or not. If they do, they face a range of sanctions, including loss of accreditation and fines. This rule is important to maintain the integrity of the game and the public’s confidence in it. Contraventions are viewed very seriously.
"We remind all Accredited Agents of the importance of understanding and complying with CA’s Anti-Corruption Code.”