Joey Barton Banned from Playing Football for 18 months

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Barton, a Burnley midfielder, is well-known for getting into trouble by the F.A. This time, he’s got into more mischief by placing bets on certain football matches.

The 34-year-old found himself back in the ‘dock’ for placing bets on the outcome of games – many involving his own clubs!

This talented and combative footballer has played for Burnley, Newcastle United, Queen’s Park Rangers, Marseille and Rangers. Possibly due to his fiery nature and headline-hitting misdemeanours, he’s only gained one international cap for England.

After his hefty £30,000 fine and 18-month ban, he confessed, “I’m addicted to betting.” This could be classed as an understatement as, over a decade, he admitted placing 1,260 bets on matches!

During that period he’s often been in trouble: in his Premier League career, he has been sent off six times, two fewer than Patrick Vieira, Richard Dunne and Duncan Ferguson.

The only England cap that Joey gained was for a brief cameo appearance, when, back in 2007, he came off the bench for just 12 minutes. He was almost recalled in 2011, but Fabio Capello changed his mind. “He is a good but dangerous player because you could end up 10 v 11,”  were the wise words uttered by the England manager.

Many will think that his latest ban will surely signal the end of his controversial football career.     


Keane, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

2 Responses to Joey Barton Banned from Playing Football for 18 months

  1. Harry May 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    he deserves it he such a dirty fouler and has done many wrong things too. great article keane can’t wait for the next one.

  2. Will May 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Great article Keane! He deserves to be banned after his career, he is absolutely disgraceful. I would have loved Matt Rhead forever if he would have turned round and smacked Joey Barton one! What I don’t get is that whenever anyone even touches him, he falls over and starts crying about it like he’s a 3 year old child!