A SECOND Taunton Town footballer has been issued a four month ban and a fine after breaching the Football Association rules over betting.

Dan Sullivan was investigated as part of specific investigations from the FA into potential breaches in the non-league pyramid.

At least five clubs from the Pitching In Southern League have been subject to these enquiries, including Taunton Town FC.

In a statement, Taunton Town said they do not condone these breaches but once the suspensions have been served that their players can start with a clean slate.

The statement read: "The outcome as reported is that two of our players, Ollie Chamberlain & Dan Sullivan, have been sanctioned and have received fines and four month suspensions.

"These suspensions will be completed in good time to allow preparation for the 2022/23 season and both players are intending to re-sign for the Club.

"Taunton Town FC does not condone any breaches of FA rules and agree that those guilty need to be punished in line with the penalties set out in the rules.

"However, the club will always take its responsibility towards the welfare of its players very seriously and we believe that once suspensions have been served, the players can re-start with a ‘clean sheet’."

Earlier this season, Ollie Chamberlain was hit with a four month suspension as well as a fine in the range of £2000 and £4999.

In the report issued by the FA about Ollie Chamberlain's case, it stated that some of the bets Chamberlain placed: "were placed on the result and/or progress and/or conduct and/or any other aspect of a football match or competition in which his club was participating."

One bet Chamberlain placed on 17 December 2017 was for Bognor Regis Town to beat Taunton Town in a game that he was brought on as a sub.

This bet was part of an accumulator and Bognor Regis Town won the game 4-1.

He also accepted in the hearing that he played in a game against Swindon Supermarine which he had placed a bet on Taunton Town to win.

Further details on Dan Sullivan's case and hearing are not yet available.