QPR’s Barton Fined, Stripped of Captaincy Over Man. City Bust-Up

Queens Park Rangers said it fined Joey Barton six weeks’ wages and stripped him of the soccer club’s captaincy after incidents in a game at Manchester City.

Barton, 29, was red-carded in the second half of the May 13 game, on the last day of the Premier League season. He’s already been banned for 12 games and fined 75,000 pounds ($117,000) by the Football Association over the incidents.

Barton was sent off the field for elbowing City’s Carlos Tevez, then kneed Sergio Aguero from behind and clashed with Vincent Kompany as he left the field.

West London team QPR said it took the disciplinary action after a “full internal investigation.” Barton will also miss the club’s pre-season tour of Asia in July.

QPR said that if Barton seriously breaches its disciplinary procedures again, “the club reserves the right to terminate his contract.”

The player apologized for his actions, which QPR Chief Executive Officer Philip Beard said were “completely unacceptable.”

“My behavior was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result,” Barton told the club website. “I apologize to the manager, my teammates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologize to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.”

City clinched the league title for the first time in 44 years with a 3-2 win over QPR after two injury-time goals. QPR stayed in the elite division as Bolton was relegated after a draw at Stoke on the same day.

Controversy

There had been speculation the club might 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.

Earlier this month, he was bailed after being arrested following a fight outside a Liverpool nightclub, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Barton joined Newcastle from City for 5.8 million pounds in June 2007 and switched to QPR last August.

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