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Rangers midfielder Joey Barton charged with breaking gambling rules

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association after being accused of betting on football matches.

The SFA issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon in which it alleged the Rangers midfielder placed 44 bets between July 1 and September 15 this year.

The former Manchester City player has until Wednesday 12 October to respond, with a principal hearing date set for Thursday, October 27.

The SFA has a strict no-betting policy on football games and if found guilty, Barton could face a ban and have his contract cancelled.

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