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

QPR player Joey Barton has tweeted:

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Thomas Hitzlsperger has shown a lot of courage today. Sad times when people have to wait till they retire from their chosen profession...

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...before the feel other people will judge them solely on who the human being is. Shame on all of us as a society.

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.
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.

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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.

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In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists. The alternative is to speak...

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

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.

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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."

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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

Joey Barton: I was reckless and deserve my punishment

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I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received. Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing...

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...12 games, is what really hurts. I was stupid and that what happens when u do dumb things. I am confident ill bounce back. Cannot wait.

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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.

Joey Barton stripped of QPR captaincy

Joey Barton has been stripped of the QPR captaincy Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Joey Barton has been stripped of the QPR captaincy and fined six weeks' wages following his misconduct during the final Barclays Premier League match of the 2011-12 season against Manchester City.

Barton said: “My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed uponme as a result.

“I apologise tothe Manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I alsoapologise to the Manchester City players, staff andsupporters.”

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