FA stand firm over Barton dismissal

The FA have announced that Joey Barton’s red card in QPR’s 2-1 home defeat to Norwich will stand, despite the Loftus Road club challenging the dismissal.

The controversial Rangers captain was sent off after appearing to head-butt Bradley Johnson, but maintained his innocence after the incident.

QPR boss Neil Warnock was also vocal in his sentiments that he felt that the sending off was unfair, and the newly promoted side lodged an appeal after the game.

However, the FA have upheld the decision made by referee Neil Swarbrick.

An Independent Regulatory Commission has today dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton,” an official statement from the governing body reads.

The ban will come into play with immediate effect, meaning that Barton will miss this weekend’s FA Cup tie with MK Dons, and Premier League clashes with Wigan and former club Newcastle.

The player revealed his disappointment at the decision on Twitter, and took a swipe at the governing body.

“Devastated to miss return to SJP and FA cup tie but life goes on. Feel sympathy for those who have never played yet set the rules…….” he stated on the social networking site.

 By Gareth McKnight

Article title: FA stand firm over Barton dismissal

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