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England need 'drastic overhauls' after World Cup exit

Joey Barton tweeted after Costa Rica's win against Italy knocked England out of the World Cup:

Joey Barton apologises for 'ugly girls' Ukip comment

Footballer Joey Barton has apologised after comparing Ukip to the best out of "four really ugly girls".

The QPR midfielder's comment on the BBC's Question Time drew a strong reaction from Ukip MEP Louise Bours, who said it showed "footballers' brains are in their feet".

He took to Twitter to offer an apology, admitting to fellow panellist Piers Morgan that his remarks could have offended some women.

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Joey Barton: 'Hitzlsperger has shown a lot of courage'

QPR player Joey Barton has tweeted:

Man charged over Joey Barton bottle throwing incident

A man has been charged after a bottle was thrown at Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton during his side's match against Burnley on October 26.

A man has been charged after a bottle was thrown at footballer Joey Barton during a match. Credit: PA

Barton was hit by a plastic container during the second half of QPR's 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said John Pounder, 26, of Cedar Avenue, Haslingden, was charged with throwing a missile contrary to the Football Offences Act 1991 and a section 4 public order offence of using threatening words or behaviour.

He has been bailed to appear at Burnley Magistrates Court on November 22.

Joey Barton gives press conference in French accent

Merseyside-born footballer Joey Barton has moved quickly to join the mocking of a press conference he gave in a mysterious French accent.

Posting a link to a video of the interview, Barton, on loan at Marseille in France's Ligue 1, acknowledged that his bizarre pronunciation was akin to former England manager Steve McClaren's Dutch-English accent.

Barton made his Ligue 1 debut yesterday, narrowly avoiding a red card for standing on the ankle of a Lille opponent.

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Joey Barton faces no further action over fight

Premier League footballer Joey Barton will face no further action after being arrested for affray last month.

Joey Barton was involved in a fight with two men outside a Liverpool nightclub. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder, 29, was involved in a fight with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of June 4. Barton was reportedly on a night out with his girlfriend when the incident took place outside the Garlands nightclub.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said today: "Merseyside Police can confirm that four men arrested in connection with an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool city centre on June 4 will face no further police action."

Joey Barton's behaviour was unacceptable, say QPR

It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved.

"Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.

"I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner."

– QPR chief executive Philip Beard
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