Barton back in trouble for breaking betting rules
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