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West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta is being investigated for possible betting violations.

According to BBC sources, Lucas Paqueta is being examined by the Football Association for alleged betting rule violations.

The 25-year-old West Ham midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Paqueta was left out of Brazil’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers on Friday in order for him to “sort out his problems.”

According to Sky Sports, Paqueta stated that he had not placed any wagers and was astonished by the reports.

The probe, which is also claimed to involve Fifa, is thought to revolve around wagers put in Brazil on yellow cards issued to Paqueta.

Brazil’s interim coach, Fernando Diniz, revealed on Friday that Paqueta had been left out of his squad for next month’s qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.

“Paqueta was on the list because he’s a player I really like.” “Now is the time for him to address these issues,” Diniz told reporters.

“People need time to work through these issues.” He’s a player I like, and I have the highest regard for him.”

BBC Sport has reached out to the Football Association and West Ham United for comment.

Paqueta joined the Hammers from Lyon for £36.5 million last summer and helped the club win the Europa Conference League.

Last season, he appeared in 28 Premier League games, scoring four goals and assisting on three others.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, stated in a press conference on Friday that Paqueta “is a West Ham player” and would not comment on a potential transfer.

Brentford forward Ivan Toney was suspended from football for eight months in May after breaking 232 FA betting rules.


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