The Football Association is currently looking into potential betting rule violations by Lucas Paqueta, according to BBC sources.

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

On Friday, Paqueta was excluded from Brazil’s squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers to address his personal matters.

According to Sky Sports, Paqueta denied placing any bets himself and expressed surprise at the reports.

The investigation, potentially involving FIFA, focuses on bets made in Brazil concerning yellow cards given to Paqueta.

Brazil’s interim coach, Fernando Diniz, remarked that Paqueta’s omission from the qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru next month allows him time to address these concerns.

Diniz holds a positive opinion of Paqueta and hopes he can resolve these matters.

By Chinedu

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