ACCRINGTON Stanley's former captain Peter Cavanagh has failed in his bid to get an eight month ban from all football activities overturned by the Football Association.
Cavanagh, along with Robbie Williams, David Mannix, Jay Harris and Andy Mangan were all found guilty of breaching the FA's rules on betting in Stanley's game with Bury in May 2008.
Cavanagh was given eight months' suspension along with Williams while Harris was suspended for a year, Mannix 10 months and Mangan five months.
The amount they pay in costs, though, has been reduced.
"I am disappointed," said Cavanagh, who spend five hours with the appeal judges last week. "I had hoped to win and what's even more frustrating for me was the fact I am not allowed to continue my coaching at Liverpool FC either".
FA Appeal Board Chairman Paul Gilroy QC said: "In this matter the Regulatory Commission made findings of guilt against all five above-named players in relation to charges of betting, in varying degrees, on the outcome of football matches. The matches in question either involved their own team or teams playing in their own division.
"All bar one of the players appealed against the Regulatory Commission’s findings in relation to guilt. Each of the players appealed against the findings in relation to sanction and costs. The Appeal Board was unanimous in dismissing all appeals against findings of guilt and sanction.
"Whilst there were points of factual distinction as between the five players concerned, all five were rightly convicted of serious breaches of FA Rules and the Appeal Board could see no merit in disturbing the Regulatory Commission’s findings as to sanction.
"The Appeal Board was nevertheless satisfied that as a result of those findings, in addition to the orders made by the Commission in relation to costs, each of the five players faced a cumulative financial penalty which was, in all the circumstances, disproportionate.
"Accordingly, the Appeal Board concluded that it would be appropriate to temper that financial impact by reducing the costs orders imposed by the Regulatory Commission in each case from £5,000 to £1,000, and in the case of Peter Cavanagh, from £9,626.45 to £2,000.
"The different order in the latter case is explained by reference to the costs incurred in that case by reason of the obtaining of expert evidence".