Barton future unclear after 12-game ban

The future of Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton will be decided within the next few weeks as the club begins an internal investigation into the midfielder’s red card against Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season, subsequent outburst and the resulting 12-game ban, Press Association has reported.

Barton was sent off for striking Carlos Tevez and then in the melee that followed appeared to hit Sergio Aguero, while the referee, Mike Dean, also felt Barton attempted to head-butt Vincent Kompany. Barton, who began his career at City, had to be escorted from the field by former teammate Micah Richards.

The one-time England international later claimed he was reacting to provocation by Tevez that went unnoticed, which Dean admitted after reviewing footage of the altercation. But the Football Association commission looking into the events did not find just cause for what followed, handing Barton a suspension that breaks down as four games for his second red card of the season, five for kicking out at Aguero and three for the incident with Kompany, as well as a £75,000 fine, all of which will go without appeal by Barton or QPR.

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