Rangers’ Bar­ton charged for plac­ing 44 bets on matches

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Rangers mid­fielder Joey Bar­ton has been charged with a breach of bet­ting rules for plac­ing 44 bets on football matches this year, the Scot­tish Football As­so­ci­a­tion (SFA) said yes­ter­day. Bar­ton, who joined Rangers in the close sea­son, has a his­tory of dis­ci­plinary prob­lems and is cur­rently sus­pended by his club fol­low­ing a train­ing-ground dis­pute with a team mate. SFA rules pre­vent play­ers, coaches, club of­fi­cials and ref­er­ees in Scot­land from bet­ting on football any­where in the world. The SFA said in a state­ment that Bar­ton had been charged with plac­ing the bets be­tween July 1 and Sept. 15. He has un­til Oct. 12 to re­spond and his hear­ing will take place on Oct. 27. Bar­ton, who has also played for Manch­ester City, New­cas­tle United, Queen’s Park Rangers and Burn­ley, is no stranger to con­tro­versy hav­ing served bans for vi­o­lent con­duct on and off the pitch dur­ing his ca­reer. He broke a pedes­trian’s leg while driv­ing his car in 2005 and was jailed for six months in 2008 af­ter ad­mit­ting as­sault and af­fray. The 34-year-old English­man is due to re­turn from a three-week sus­pen­sion on Mon­day fol­low­ing a train­ing-ground dis­pute with team mate Andy Hal­l­i­day.— Reuters

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