FORMER Oxford United forward Chris Maguire has been banned for six weeks following multiple breaches of the FA’s betting rules.

The ban however was backdated to November 22, meaning the 34-year-old can resume his career.

The FA charged Maguire with allegedly breaching FA Rule E8, by placing 52 bets on matches between March 2017 and February 22.

The number of charges was later reduced, with Maguire requesting a personal hearing.

Within those charges, Maguire twice bet on the U’s to win during the 2016/17 season.

Maguire admitted to the charge involving United games.

An FA statement read: “Chris Maguire partially denied the charges and requested a personal hearing.

“The FA subsequently withdrew several charges, and an independent regulatory commission imposed a £750 fine and warning, but the FA appealed.

“The appeal board allowed the FA’s appeal, and the forward’s additional suspension is considered to be served in full after being backdated to November 22, 2022.

“The independent regulatory commission’s original fine and warning also remain in place.”

Maguire helped United achieve promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2016, finding the net 22 times in 79 games overall.