Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is under investigation for an alleged bet against Celtic. The controversial 34 year-old allegedly placed a bet on Celtic to lose heavily to Barcelona in the Champions League.
This tie was just days after the SPL champions defeated their city rivals 5-1, a match in which Barton was involved.
The Scottish Football Association are clear when it comes to players gambling on football games.
Section 31 of the SFA’s judicial panel protocol’s general disciplinary rules states that “No club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall gamble in any way on a football match.”
Therefore, although Barton was not directly involved in the tie, he is not allowed to have money on it.
Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 7-0 to Barcelona.
Barton is currently serving a suspension from the club for a training ground bust-up the day after the Old Firm defeat. The English midfielder is not the most popular figure amongst Celtic supporters, and this will do little for his image ahead of the next meeting between the two clubs.
Former Rangers players Ian Black and Steve Simonsen have served bans for gambling in recent times, and Barton could follow suit.
Via BBC Sport.