Midfielder Joey Barton has been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to betting’ with the allegation that the Englishman placed over 1200 bets in the past decade.
This is a familiar territory for Barton as it was only in November that the former Rangers man was charged by the Scottish FA for breaching its betting rules. In this instance he placed 44 bets on games between 1st July and September 15th. For his crimes Barton received a one match ban.
In his latest tangle with the English FA, the specifics are that it is alleged that between ’26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8′.
The assumption is that due to the extent of Barton’s flouting of the rules that the punishment will be considerably more severe. He has until January 5th to respond to the allegations.
Currently without a club since leaving Rangers, Burnley continue to be linked with a move for Barton with Sean Dyche openly stating that he is keen to bring him in. In light of these allegations however Dyche noted that he will put any deal on hold until the outcome of the disciplinary commission’s hearing is revealed.