Joey Barton suffers lengthy ban and heavy fine for violent conduct
After nearly condemning his side to relegation on the final day of the season after a moment of madness, QPR captain Joey Barton tonight suffered a lengthy ban for violent conduct.
Having appeared to elbow Carlos Tevez in the 56th minute of his club's final day of the season, followed by a knee to Sergio Aguero from behind and an attempt to head-butt Vincent Kompany before being physically dragged from the field, Barton knew the FA would throw the book at him.
That's exactly what came to pass as the FA tonight punished the midfielder on all three of the above counts and hit him with a 12-match ban and £75,000 fine for violent conduct.
We'd wager that Barton is perhaps licking his wounds tonight after his decidedly unapologetic Twitter reaction hours after the game, in which he tweeted of the club's relegation escape: "Who gives a f*ck, we are safe... and that is all that matters."
"An independent Regulatory Commission has today [Wednesday 23 May 2012] dealt 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," read the FA's statement.
"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."
After tonight's ban, Barton will likely not return to Premier League football until around mid-November - at least based on last year's fixture list - though whether he can find his way back into QPR boss Mark Hughes' favour is another matter altogether. "He should have been sent off, without a shadow of a doubt," said Hughes at the time. "Absolutely."