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Joey Barton Given 12 Match Ban By FA

The FA has thrown the book at Joey Barton for his out-of-control temper tantrum against Manchester City on the last day of the season.

Barton has been given a huge 12-game ban and fined £75,000 for his antics.

The FA gave the QPR midfielder an automatic four-game suspension when he elbowed Carlos Tevez in the face. That was his second red card of the season.

In addition he will given separate four-match bans for BOTH kicking Sergio Aguero and aiming a headbutt at Vincent Kompany.

Commission chairman Maurice Armstrong said of the ban:

“There are rules of conduct that should be adhered to, and such behaviour 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.”

An FA spokesman added:

“This eight-match suspension is to run consecutively to the four-game suspension Barton was already given for his dismissal in the fixture, making a total of 12 matches.

“Following Barton’s dismissal in the 54th minute of the match, there followed two incidents involving Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

“As Barton had already been dismissed, both of these incidents fell outside the jurisdiction of the referee.

“Barton accepted the charge of violent conduct against Aguero but denied the second breach of violent conduct against Kompany. The independent Regulatory Commission, however, found this second charge proved.”

It will be interesting to see what QPR do now with Barton. Will they stand by him, or will they cut there losses and look to sell Barton this summer?

If you were in charge of QPR what would you do with Joey Barton?

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