Manchester United legend Paul Scholes charged by FA over allegedly breaking betting rules

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly breaking betting rules over a four-year spell.

The former United midfielder, who recently quit as Oldham Athletic manager after a brief spell in charge of his hometown club, is alleged to have placed bets on football matches between August 2015 and January 2019 while he was a co-owner of Salford City.

FA rules prevent anyone involved in the game gambling on football, which includes owners, as well as players, managers, agents and scouts.

Scholes has been presented with a misconduct charge which could to lead to a fine.

An FA statement said: “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 played 499 league games for United, scoring 107 goals and picked up 66 caps for England.

Since retiring from playing football in 2013 he briefly managed Salford, who he owns alongside the other members of the Class of 92, and regular appears as a pundit on BT Sport.