LONDON – Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been fined £8 000 (about R146 000), and warned about his future conduct after he admitted a misconduct charge in relation to betting, the English Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.
It was alleged the 44-year-old former England international had placed 140 bets on soccer matches between August 2015 and January 2019.
“I accept last week’s ruling. I would like to apologise, and I understand and fully accept the fine imposed by the FA,” Scholes said in a statement released to British media.
“It was a genuine mistake, and was not done with any deliberate intention to flout the rules.
“I wrongly believed that as long as there was no personal connection between me and any of the matches that I bet upon, then there would be no issue.