Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton was banned for 12 games after being found guilty of two counts of violent conduct during a game at Manchester City on the last day of the Premier League soccer season.
Barton, banned for four matches following his red card for elbowing City’s Carlos Tevez, was suspended for eight more games for violent-conduct charges involving Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. He was also fined 75,000 pounds ($118,000), the Football Association said.
“There are rules of conduct that should be adhered to, and such behavior tarnishes the image of football in this country, particularly as this match was the pinnacle of the domestic season and watched by millions around the globe,” English soccer’s governing body said in a statement yesterday.
Barton, 29, was red-carded in the 54th minute of the May 13 game at City, which clinched the league title for the first time in 44 years with a 3-2 win.
After the incident with Tevez, Barton kneed Aguero from behind and clashed with Kompany as he left the field. As Barton had already been dismissed, both incidents fell outside the jurisdiction of the referee.
QPR, which stayed in the elite division as Bolton was held to a draw at Stoke, has previously said it’s conducting a “full investigation” of the incidents, and there’s been speculation the club may try to transfer Barton during the offseason. He still has three years of a four-year contract left. The ban will take effect at the start of next season.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder Barton has a history of controversy. He spent 77 days in prison in 2008 for an assault in his native Liverpool. The same year, he was convicted of a training-ground attack on former City teammate Ousmane Dabo though was spared a prison term.
Barton joined Newcastle from City for 5.8 million pounds in June 2007 and switched to west London’s QPR last August.
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