No sooner had the ink dried on his preliminary agreement to rejoin Burnley has Joey Barton found himself in trouble with The FA once again, this time in relation to his betting habits.
The 34-year-old midfielder has been charged after placing 1,260 bets between 26th March 2006 and 13th May 2016, all of which the FA reckon contravene their rules about professional players betting on football matches.
According to the Guardian, the FA were only made aware of Barton’s bets when the bookmaker in question contacted them in September, after which they launched their investigation.
Indeed, the FA tweaked their gambling rules in 2014. Previously players had been prohibited from betting on matches or competitions they were involved in.
Since the update, players in the top eight tiers of English football (as well as the Women’s Super League) are prohibited from all football-related activities anywhere in the world – be it matches, managerial sackings, transfers, team selection, etc, etc.
The Guardian add that Barton has been charged with offences allegedly committed under both the new and old rules.
This comes roughly one month after Barton was given a one-match suspension by the Scottish FA for breaking their rules on gambling.
Burnley have also since confirmed that they are “discussing the matter” with Barton before pressing ahead with any January contract offer.
The great bungle continues apace.