Joey Barton red card appeal rejected
Queens Park Rangers will be without the services of Joey Barton for the next three matches following the Football Association’s decision to uphold the red card brandished to the midfielder on Monday afternoon.
January 4th, 2012
Barton was involved in a skirmish with Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson, with the latter appearing to recoil from a headbutt by the QPR midfielder, despite the former Newcastle player claiming that the referee had been conned.
It was clear from Neil Warnock’s post-match comments that the west London club would be lodging an appeal against the red card, although it has not achieved the desired effect.
An FA statement read: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Wednesday 4 January] dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton following his red card for violent conduct in the QPR v Norwich City game on 2 January 2012.
“Barton will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.”
Thankfully for QPR, the FA Cup third round takes place this weekend, meaning that Barton will miss just two Premier League matches. However, the 29-year-old will be denied a return appearance at St James’ Park while he will also miss the forthcoming home match against Wigan Athletic.