FA Scolds Paul Scholes Over Alleged Football Betting Infractions

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for alleged betting infractions.

Paul Scholes betting breach

Paul Scholes is the latest football insider to be charged with illegal betting activity. (Image: James Adams/Wikipedia)

Despite being retired as a player, Scholes has remained part of the game. Prior to his unceremonious exit as Oldham Athletic boss in March, the 44-year-old was co-owner of non-league Salford City.

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During his time at both clubs, FA investigators believe Scholes breached the organisation’s betting rules.

“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,” reads the April 16 press release.

Scholes has previously shown his penchant for sports betting. As well as a punditry role with BT Sport, the retired footballer worked as a tipster for Paddy Power during the 2014 World Cup.

FA rules don’t prevent active players or managers from working with betting companies. In fact, the ties between football and betting have become a source of contention over the last five years.

But, in spite of the issues regarding sponsorship, individuals are free to explore opportunities with online betting brands. What they can’t do, however, is place bets on football while they’re still active in the game.

At this stage, Scholes hasn’t responded to the charges but he’s not alone. Joining the Manchester United icon on the naughty list is Ross County’s Callum Semple.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper only arrived at the Scottish club in January but will now serve an eight-match ban.

Following an investigation, Semple was found guilty of betting on football matches. Under the Scottish FA’s rule 31, that constitutes a serious infraction.

Although he’s avoided a fine, he will have to sit out for the rest of the season.

Football Betting Issues Run Deep

While Scholes and Semple have brought betting and football back into the spotlight, the incidents aren’t as severe as some.

In November 2018, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was investigated after the UKGC recorded suspicious betting activity. According to The Telegraph, a punter with a “modest background” wagered an unusually high amount on Sturridge’s move to West Ham.

Suspicions were that the customer has either been given inside information or that it was actually Sturridge betting under a fake account. Following the allegations, a spokesperson said the footballer denied any illegal betting activity.

The FA gave Sturridge until February 2019 to file a response and a hearing is now scheduled for late April.

If he’s found guilty, a ban from the FA may be the least of his worries as using false information to place bets could be considered fraud.

Either way, with two high-profile players in the dock, betting companies may be forced to implement tougher identity checks to prevent more footballers making illegal bets.

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