Rangers bad boy Joey Barton has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish FA after he was accused of betting on 44 football matches.
The Scottish FA issued a statement via their official website on Wednesday afternoon alleging that the Rangers midfielder placed 44 bets between July 1st and September 15th this year.
The former Burnley, Newcastle United, and Manchester City player has until 12th October to respond to the charges, with a hearing set for October 27th.
The Scottish FA has a strict no-betting policy on football games, Displinary Rule 31 states: “In that 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,”
Barton becomes the third Rangers player to have been hit with a charge after breaking Scottish football’s betting rules. In 2013, midfielder Ian Black was banned for ten games – with four suspended – for betting on 160 matches including games involving his own side. Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, in 2015, was banned for one game after betting on 50 matches.
It is expected that if Barton is found or admits guilt then he will be suspended for one game in line with what Simonsen received in 2015.