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Barton charged by FA with placing 1,260 bets

By Liam Blackburn

Controversial player Joey Barton has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct in relation to betting.

The governing body has said Barton is alleged to have placed 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

Barton, who earlier this week signed for Burnley until the end of the season, is alleged by the FA to have placed bets between March 26, 2006 and May 13, 2016.

The 34-year-old was handed a one-match suspension for breaking Scottish Football Association betting rules during his short stint at Rangers.

The midfielder admitted breaching the SFA's zero-tolerance rules, which forbid players gambling on any match.

He placed 44 bets on games between July 1, 2016 - when his Ibrox deal started - and September 15.

His Scottish suspension will carry over into his Burnley career.

He has until January 5, 2017 to respond to the latest FA charge.

Although the news broke just three days after Burnley revealed Barton would be re-signing with them in January, it is understood the charge has not been announced now just because the midfielder is due to return to English football.

The FA is understood to have been investigating the matter for the past few months, having received information from a bookmaker and, given the sheer volume of bets allweged to have been placed over the 10-year period, the probe has taken longer than most cases.

Barton could therefore still have been charged by the national governing body as a free agent.

Burnley released a statement which stated: "The club will be discussing the matter with Joey and his legal representatives and will be making no further comment on the matter at this time."

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