Former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, who is now at Rangers but suspended for three weeks, has reportedly been charged by the Scottish Football Association for (allegedly) violating its betting rules.
The possibility Joey had broken betting rules has been mentioned in the media for several days now.
The Mirror are reporting that Barton placed wagers on 44 matches between July 1st and September 15th of this year, while he was a Rangers player.
Joey Barton – charged by the Scottish FA
Joey has until October 12th to reply to the charge and the date of his hearing will be October 27th.
The SFA have now confirmed the news on their official website:
“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.”
The 34-year-old played at Newcastle for four years from 2007 when we signed him from Manchester City and he has since played at Queens Park Rangers, Marseille (loan), Burnley and now Rangers.
Barton was banned for three weeks by Rangers manager Mark Warburton after an altercation with him and team-mates following the 5-1 loss to local rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
Here’s the tweet from the Scottish FA:
NEWS | Joey Barton (Rangers) issued with notice of complaint: https://t.co/YxUFsx7VEl
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) October 5, 2016
Here’s Sky Sports reporting the news.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) October 5, 2016