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Paul Scholes charged with breaching betting rules

Paul Scholes, a former Manchester United and England football player, has been charged by Football Association (FA) for allegedly breaching betting rules.

In a short statement, FA announced that Scholes breached FA Rule E8, which prohibits any FA syndicated athlete to bet directly or indirectly on football matches of any level.

The FA states that Scholes is alleged to have placed 140 bets on football matches between 17 August 2015 to 12 January 2019. During that time, he was a co-owner of Salford City, which is currently competing in the National League (5th tier of English football).

However, there is no suggestion that Scholes was betting on the outcome of Salford matches, and no bets were placed by him during the short time he was a manager of Oldham Athletic.

Scholes has until April 26 to respond to the charge. If found guilty he is expected to be fined rather than suspended.

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