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Joey Barton sparks off Twitter row over Gaza

QPR player Joey Barton has sparked off a row with several other footballers over the Israel-Gaza conflict, after posting a series of tweets condemning the attacks.

Israeli Maccabi Haifa midfielder and former West Ham, Chelsea and Arsenal player Yossi Benayoun quickly rebutted the attacks, calling it "embarrassing".


Barton apologises on Twitter

Barton stripped of QPR captaincy

Joey Barton was sent off during the final game of the season. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

QPR have fined Joey Barton six weeks' wages and stripped him of the club captaincy after his actions on the final day of the season at Manchester City. Barton was shown a red card but then attempted to kick and headbutt two City players before he left the pitch.

QPR have also said they reserve the right to terminate his contract if he seriously breaches the club’s disciplinary procedures again. He has already been given a lengthy suspension by the FA.

Barton said: “My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result. I apologise to the Manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.”


QPR comment on Barton attack

Joey Barton was involved in an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Monday morning.

Barton was on his way home from a night out with his girlfriend when two men sang offensive chants and then proceeded to hit the R's midfielder.

Police were immediately on the scene and arrested one man.

Barton decided not to press charges and left the scene with his girlfriend soon after.

The club will be making no further comment.

– Ian Taylor, spokesman for QPR

Joey Barton believed to have been injured outside nightclub

It is thought that Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has been injured during an incident in Liverpool City Centre early this morning.

Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called to Eberle Street at 5.30am following reports of an altercation outside a nightclub.

A 29 year old man, believed to be Joey Barton, had suffered some injuries to his his face and left the scene voluntarily.

Two 21 year old men were later arrested for a public order offence. They are currently in police custody.

Police would not confirm that the injured 29 year old was Barton.

Joey Barton gets 12 match ban

Joey Barton clashes with Man City's Sergio Aguero after being sent off in QPR's final league game of the season Credit: PA

Joey Barton has been given an unprecedented 12 game ban by the FA for violent conduct.

The QPR midfielder was also fined £75,000 for this actions against Manchester City.

In a statement the Football Association said:

"An independent Regulatory Commission has todaydealt with two charges of violent conduct against Joey Barton, arising from the game against Manchester City, resulting in an eight-match suspension and £75,000 fine for the Queens Park Rangers midfielder."

"This eight-match suspension is to run consecutively to the four-game suspension Barton was already given for his dismissal in the fixture, making a total of 12 matches."

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