Barton accepts betting charge
Joey Barton has accepted a misconduct charge over betting breaches but requested a personal hearing amid the prospect of a lengthy ban after being accused of placing more than 1,200 bets on football over the past decade.
The Burnley midfielder's case is likely to be heard over the next fortnight after he responded to the English FA's charge on Tuesday having been granted a 26-day extension by the governing body.
It is understood that Barton is alleged to have placed bets on competitions in which he was involved although it is still unknown if he was accused of betting on matches in which he was involved.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche opted to push ahead last month with a deal to sign Barton from Rangers on a free transfer until the end of the season.
Barton has appeared in all of Burnley's past six matches but the club risk being without the player for the run-in if he gets a substantial FA ban. (© Daily Telegraph, London)