Paul Scholes charged with misconduct by the FA after allegedly placing 140 bets on football matches

Paul Scholes

It's been a bad month or so for Paul Scholes.

The former Manchester United player ventured into management in February as he was appointed Oldham Athletic boss.

But he was unable to reverse the club's fortunes.

Under Scholes' management, Oldham won just once in their seven games in charge.

And, days after losing 2-0 to Lincoln last month, the 44-year-old stepped down from his post.

It was later revealed that he gave little warning of his decision and resigned via text message.

And he hit the headlines again this month as he has been charged with misconduct by the FA after betting on football matches.

A statement on the FA website 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."

Scholes is the latest high-profile name in football to be charged with betting.

Joey Barton was banned by the FA in April 2017 for breaching betting rules, while Daniel Sturridge was charged late last year. 

Barton, who was found to have placed 1,260 bets on football matches over 10 years, claimed last January that 50% of footballers bet on matches.

"I think if they found out everyone who has been betting and cracked down on it, you'd have half the league out," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, per BBC Sport.

Scholes allegedly placed 140 bets in a four year period

"I think 50% of the playing staff would be taken out because it's culturally engrained.

"Where we've got it wrong is that we've got the gambling rules mixed up with the match-fixing rules.

"Match-fixing is wrong and challenges the integrity of the sport, it's the same as taking performance-enhancing drugs."

Barton did maintain there' nothing wrong with footballers betting if it's controlled.

"I think culturally betting is acceptable. There's nothing wrong with betting if it's controlled - it's when it becomes out of control and people bet beyond their means.

Scholes left his post as Oldham manager last month

"My point to the FA was, how can they be so stringent when they have an official gambling partner?

"I believed that no-one cared about betting. I thought they just cared about match-fixing.

"I'd had a betting account in my name for 12 years. I was doing things for betting companies and they were paying me in betting account money - they weren't informing the FA."

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