Joey Barton Banned from Football for 18 Months

Joey Barton Banned from Football for 18 Months

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended after admitting a Football Association (FA) misconduct charge in relation to betting.

The 34-year old who has 1 cap for England was charged with breaking FA rules. It was alleged that over a 10-year period from March 2006, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, and conduct of football matches.

Barton was previously given a one-match ban for breaking Scottish Football Association (SFA) rules on gambling. Barton admitted the SFA charge of placing 44 bets between 1 July and 15 September 2016, while he was a player at Ibrox.

Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect, and has been fined £30,000.

The full FA press release can be found here.

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