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QPR’s Barton Loses Appeal Against Three-Match Ban for Red Card

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Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton will serve a three-match ban after losing an appeal against a red card he received in a Premier League match against Norwich two days ago.

“An Independent Regulatory Commission dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal,” English soccer’s Football Association said in a statement on its website.

Referee Neil Swarbrick dismissed Barton after indicating he thought the 29-year-old had headbutted Bradley Johnson during the first half of Norwich’s 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

Barton will miss QPR’s F.A. Cup third-round match against MK Dons and Premier League games against Newcastle and Wigan.

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