Paul Scholes in Firing Line: Manchester United Midfielder to face Inquiry for Breach in FA Gambling Rules

Paul Scholes has been faced with a misconduct charge. Such charges have led to investigation into certain periods of his life where it is alleged he placed up to 140 bets with bookies on football matches. The period to be investigated started from the 17th of August, 2015 to the 12th of January, 2019.

The 44 year old former Man United player, who had a very short managerial stint with Oldham United lasting barely 31 days, is the joint owner of Salford FC, a club competing professionally in the National League.

The former midfielder hung up his boots in 2013, only to have a stake a year after in Salford FC alongside fellow class of '92 players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, and Phil Neville. The charges against the former mercurial midfielder came just within a month after he left his position as the manager of Oldham FC quitting on acclaimed lack of support.

The English FA has come out to confirm the charges which they say run contrary to the FA Rule E8. Should Paul Scholes be found to have broken the rules, he could face a potential life away from football with a ban, alongside financial punitive sanctions. The player has been given 7 days to respond to the charges. Experts are of the opinion he could face a potential monetary punishment rather than a ban from football.

This would be a big blow for Paul Scholes whose whole life has been immersed in football. Scholes has kept the headlines hot and catchy with some of his pointed attacks on the failure of the current crop of Man United players. He is well known for his biting criticism on Man United big player Paul Pogba.