MLB: a referee sanctioned for sports betting

MLB: a referee sanctioned for sports betting
MLB: a referee sanctioned for sports betting

Major League Baseball has sanctioned umpire Pat Hoberg for violating the circuit’s rules regarding sports betting.

The major leagues made the announcement in a press release on Friday.

“During this year’s spring camps, Major League Baseball launched an investigation into a potential violation of sports betting policies by umpire Pat Hoberg,” the circuit said. Mr. Hoberg has been removed from the field during the investigation. Although Major League Baseball’s investigation found no evidence that games officiated by Mr. Hoberg were compromised or manipulated in any way, Major League Baseball determined that sanction was warranted.”

The missive also specified that the official had appealed his case. For the moment, the nature of the sanction imposed on Hoberg has not been revealed.

According to the ESPN network, the 37-year-old man denies having bet on baseball. Hoberg has worked as an umpire since 2009 and made the jump to the major leagues in 2017.

This is far from the first scandal linked to sports betting this season in major baseball. Former Shohei Ohtani interpreter was fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers after stealing millions of dollars from the star player to pay off his gambling debts. San Diego Padres player Tucupita Marcano was also suspended for life for having violated the circuit’s policies regarding sports betting.

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