Joey Barton apologises after being stripped of QPR captaincy
The Football Association today banned Joey Barton for 12 matches following the midfielder’s red card and subsequent violent behaviour during QPR’s final game of the season against Manchester City in May.
June 25th, 2012
Barton was shown the red card for elbowing Carlos Tevez before going on to kick Sergio Aguero and aiming a headbutt at Vincent Kompany, with the player also being stripped of the Rangers captaincy thanks to the 12-game ban.
Barton was also fined £75,000 for his behaviour although it’s the 12-game ban which will be most felt and the midfielder was full of remorse following the verdict.
He said: “I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received.
“Money comes and goes, it’s not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.
“I was stupid and that what happens when u [sic] do dumb things. I am confident ill [sic] bounce back. Cannot wait.
“That’s all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.
“Have a good day people. Thanks for all the lovely tweets of support. Speak soon xx.”