Barton back in trou­ble for break­ing bet­ting rules

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English foot­baller Joey Barton is back in dis­ci­plinary trou­ble af­ter be­ing charged with mis­con­duct for plac­ing 1,260 bets on matches or com­pe­ti­tions over a 10year pe­riod. The English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said Fri­day the bets were made from March 2006 to May 2016.

Barton this week signed a short-term deal with Premier League team Burn­ley af­ter cut­ting short his con­tract at Scot­tish club Rangers, where he was handed a one­match sus­pen­sion for break­ing Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion rules by plac­ing 44 bets on games be­tween July 1 and Sept. 15. That sus­pen­sion will carry over into his Burn­ley ca­reer. The 34-year-old Barton has un­til Jan. 5 to re­spond to the FA charge.

Barton only left Rangers af­ter hav­ing his con­tract ter­mi­nated last month, seven weeks af­ter be­ing sus­pended by the Glas­gow club over a train­ing-ground row with his man­ager and a team­mate.

That was the lat­est episode in a con­tro­ver­sial ca­reer, which has in­cluded spend­ing 77 days in jail in 2008 af­ter a street fight in Liver­pool.

In 2012, while play­ing for Queens Park Rangers, Barton was sus­pended for 12 matches for vi­o­lent con­duct dur­ing a Premier League game. — AP

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