Scottish FA ban Joey Barton for betting on matches

The player has already left Rangers

Joey Barton

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Joey Barton has been banned for one game by the Scottish Football Association for betting on matches.

The veteran midfielder, who last week had his contract terminated at Rangers, admitted he gambled on 44 games.

Footballers are not allowed to bet on the sport whatsoever.

The SFA confirmed the punishment on their website:

"Disciplinary Rule allegedly breached:

"Disciplinary Rule 31: In that between 1st July and 15th September 2016, both dates inclusive, you placed 44 bets upon football matches, and accordingly gambled upon football matches in contravention of Disciplinary Rule 31.

"Outcome: Breach admitted

"Sanction: One-match immediate suspension."

The 34-year-old's expected departure from Rangers was confirmed last week after just eight appearances.

He and the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

Following the 5-1 Old Firm derby defeat to Celtic, he was involved in an argument with a team-mate.

As a result, he was then barred from training by Rangers.

He was then signed off with stress shortly before his time at the club officially ended.