Man Utd legend Scholes hit with FA misconduct charge for 'placing 140 bets on football'

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Paul Scholes has been hit with a misconduct charge by the FA for "placing 140 bets on football".

The part-owner of Salford City, 44, has been slapped with the charge for bets reportedly placed between August 2015 and January 2019.

During that span, Scholes was neither a player at Man Utd or boss of Oldham – but has been co-owner of non-league Salford alongside his Class of 92 pals since 2014.

An FA statement read: "Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules.

"It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule E8, between 17 August 2015 and 12 January 2019.

"He has until 26 April 2019 to respond to the charge."

In 2017, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton was banned from football and released by the Clarets after placing 1,260 bets on matches between 2006 and 2016.

The now-Fleetwood boss' 18-month ban was reduced by five months after an appeal, but he was stung with a £30,000 fine.


Scholes is being investigated just a month after quitting Oldham after just a matter of weeks in charge.

The ex-United legend claimed he walked away from the crisis-club for issues both on and off the pitch – namely interference from the board.

Scholes revealed: "I had heard loads of stories about interference and stuff. The first three weeks there was little bits.

"Not so much 'leave him out, he can't play, don't play him, play the player I said', there was nothing like that in the first three weeks.

"There were subtle hints, yeah of course, but I'm not stupid enough to not realise what they are trying to do.

"In the last week there was a couple of issues with a couple of players. Experienced pros that I felt didn't deserve to be treated the way the club wanted to treat them.

FA rule E8 – betting in football

(1) (a) A Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on –

(i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or

(ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.

(b) Where a Participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the Participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the Participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.



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"I didn't need the hassle of that. I really like the players, really respected them and would have done anything for them.

"But once I get told 'don't play him', that's when it is time for me to go…

"That only happened once, but that was the end of it. There were subtle hints along the way, but that was the end of it."

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