Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Burnley's Barton Suspended For 18 Months

Burnley's Barton Suspended For 18 Months

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended from football for 18 months for betting on football games.

Joey Barton admitted to the misconduct as he was alleged to have placed bets on 1,260 football matches between March 2006 and May 2013 in breach of FA rule E8.

FA released an official statement : "Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18-months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.

The midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned of his future conducts.

The 34 year old also released a statement : "I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players.

"I have fought addiction to gambling and provided the FA with a medical report about my problem. I'm disappointed it wasn't taken into proper consideration.

"I think if the FA is truly serious about tackling the culture of gambling in football, it needs to look at its own dependence on the gambling companies, their role in football and in sports broadcasting, rather than just blaming the players who place a bet."


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