Joey Barton charged with violent conduct following Man City v QPR match
Joey Barton had been here before. The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has today had the book thrown at him by the Football Association following his red card at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday during his team’s narrow 3-2 defeat against Manchester City.
May 14th, 2012
Barton appeared to elbow Carlos Tevez off the ball and was involved with further altercations with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany following the red card that had been brandished in his direction.
The FA have been quick to charge Barton on two counts of alleged violent conduct and video footage suggests that the midfielder doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
In a statement on their website, the FA said: “The FA has today [Monday 14 May] charged Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton in relation to two acts of alleged violent conduct during Sunday’s match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
“Following the player’s dismissal in the 54th minute of the fixture, there followed two incidents involving Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.
“As Barton had already been dismissed, both of these incidents fell outside of the jurisdiction of the referee.
“Barton has until 6pm on Tuesday 15 May to respond to the charges.”