FIFA Gambling Site Owners Ordered to Pay £265,000 by Court

By Julian Benson on at

Yesterday brought the news that Craig 'Nepenthez' Douglas had changed his plea to guilty, admitting to the charges brought against him under the UK Gambling Act 2005. Today the judge fined the FIFA Youtuber and owner of FUTGALAXY £16,000.

Douglas and his business partner, Dylan Rigby, had both pleaded not guilty when the case was first brought against them in September last year.

Douglas has been fined £16,000 and Rigby has been fined £24,000. As well as the two fines the two must pay the legal fees of the prosecution, £75,000 and £150,000 respectively. Rigby was fined a larger sum as it was he who acted as the site's main operator.

According to The Guardian, the site made over £96,000 in unregulated revenue. One 14 year old boy lost £586 in a single day of betting.

Jack McGarva said at sentencing that “The aggravating features of these offences are they were committed over a relatively long period of about six months. Children were gambling on your site. It’s impossible for me to know how many or the effect on them. In my opinion, both of you were aware of the use of the site by children and the attractiveness of it to children. At the very least, you both turned a blind eye to it.”

Douglas talked about the case on Twitter last night: