LONDON: Paul Scholes, the former England and Manchester United midfielder, has charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to its betting rules.

The 44-year-old is alleged to have placed 140 bets on matches between 2015 and 2019.

An FA statement read: “Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules. It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule E8, between 17 August 2015 and 12 January 2019. He has until 26 April 2019 to respond to the charge.”

Scholes, who notably steered clear of controversy and comment until becoming a media pundit after his retirement, was Oldham manager for a month before quitting in March. At the time he said his position at the League Two club had become untenable.

The former midfielder made 720 appearances for United in all competitions, winning 11 Premier League titles. He also scored 14 goals in 66 appearances for England.

** West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass has been given a one-match FA ban after an independent regulatory commission found him guilty of misconduct towards UK Anti-Doping officials.

The FA said: “It was alleged that his language and/or behaviour towards UK Anti-Doping officials, who were visiting West Ham United’s training ground on 6 February 2019, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. The player has been given a one-match suspension, which is not currently active whilst he considers his right of appeal, and fined £30,000.”

It is understood Snodgrass was not scheduled to be tested nor did he refuse to take a test.