Barton stripped of QPR captaincy

Joey Barton has been stripped of the QPR captaincy and fined six wages by his club after an internal investigation into his sending-off on the last day of 2011-12.

The temperamental midfielder was given his marching orders in the Loftus Road outfit’s crucial game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium for elbowing Carlos Tevez; in the aftermath it also looked like he kicked out at Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany.

With Mark Hughes’ men playing for their Premier League lives in the fixture, the club have opted to punish Barton after the ill-discipline.

“QPR FC can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks’ wages and will no longer be club captain,” a statement on the official website reads.

“If Barton seriously breaches the club’s disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the right to terminate his contract.”

The player has already been given a 12-match ban for the incident by the FA, and was full of remorse for his actions but has vowed to come back stronger than ever next season.

“I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received,” he commented on Twitter.

“Money comes and goes, it’s not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing twelve games, is what really hurts.

“I was stupid and that what happens when u do dumb things. I am confident ill bounce back. Cannot wait.

“That’s all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight