Suspended from all football plays for up to 18 months– that’s the verdict for Joey Barton, following a Football Association misconduct charge closely connected with betting.
Between March 2006 and May 2013 the player’s supposed to have placed about 1,260 bets on football plays.
The midfielder aged 34 began his career with Manchester City and also played for such clubs as QPR, Newcastle, Rangers and Marseille. Barton boasts one full England cap.
In his statement he unveiled that he was forced into early retirement by the decision. Therefore, he intends to appeal the ban.
The player rejoined Burnley in January after a productive stint with the Premier League club in 2015/16. Moreover, this campaign he has participated in 13 league games and scored one.
Aside from that, the Independent Regulatory Commission had Joey Burnley fined £30,000 and also warned him as to his future conduct.
Confirmation of the player’s intention to appeal against his punishment arose nearly instantly in a long statement available on his website.