Joey Barton charged with allegedly betting on 44 football matches in two-month period

The midfielder has been charged by the Scottish Football Association.

Barton is currently suspended by his club.
Barton is currently suspended by his club.
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JOEY BARTON HAS been charged for allegedly breaching football’s betting rules, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) has announced.

The former England midfielder, who joined Rangers during the summer, is alleged to have made 44 bets on matches between 1 July and 15 September 2016.

In a statement released this afternoon, the SFA said: “Disciplinary Rule 31: In that between 1st July and 15th September 2016, both dates inclusive, you placed 44 bets upon football matches, and accordingly gambled upon football matches in contravention of Disciplinary Rule 31.”

He has until 12 October to respond, with a principal hearing date set for 27 October.

The SFA, in common with a number of leagues, has strict rules barring players from betting on matches, even if they don’t involve their own club, in bid to preserve sporting integrity.

Barton is currently serving a three-week suspension from Rangers after a training ground bust-up involving team-mates and manager Mark Warburton.

It has prompted speculation that he may have already played his last game for the club.

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After being asked if he was still a Rangers player, Barton told Sky Sports: “I think so.”

Barton signed a two-year contract with Rangers in May following their promotion to the Scottish Premiership. He has made five league appearances this season.

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