Fri, Nov 18, 9:21am by Staff Writer
Controversial English footballer Joey Barton has received just a one-match ban after it was revealed he placed 44 bets on football matches between July and September this year.
Barton, who was playing for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League at the time, was prohibited under SFA rules from betting on football anywhere in the world.
Barton did not contest the charges and the SFA has banned him for one match.
However, the ban won’t be a concern for Rangers, who parted ways with the 34-year-old last week after a turbulent three-month spell.
Rangers legend Walter Smith said earlier this week he is glad to see the back of the controversial midfielder.
“I don’t know what happened, but it was a sideshow that we could do without in the first half of the season,” he said:
“It was always going to be difficult coming back into the league with a lot of new players who are experiencing it for the first time in the Premiership.
“They’ll be glad it’s over with and they can get on with it.”
Barton’s future appears to be with Burnley, where he would have to sit out the one match should he sign.
“If he felt he needed a base to get fit, among many other players I’ve helped out, I’d listen,” manager Sean Dyche told Burnley’s website.
“Myself and my staff have helped out young players, old players, phone calls to other clubs. If Joey requires our support here, he’d get that.
“That’s if he requires that. If he doesn’t, he’ll move forward to where he needs to move forward to.
“It’s a situation where, if he called me and said ‘can I train?’, we’d help him out the best we could.
“If there’s any guarantee beyond that, that’s for the future, not for now.”
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