QPR set to challenge red card

QPR have announced that they will appeal against the red card handed down to Joey Barton in their 2-1 defeat to Norwich on Monday night.

The temperamental midfielder was sent off for supposedly head-butting Bradley Johnson in the clash at Loftus Road, but has maintained his innocence over the event.

Hoops manager Neil Warnock was also vocal in his displeasure with the decision, and QPR will challenge against any further disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, Barton’s rant against referee Neil Swarbrick and supposed play-actor Johnson has continued on Twitter.

“I wonder how long it is before a football club sues a referee for making a bad decision? There’s too much at stake to not have technology,” he stated on the social networking site.

“Or a player sues another player for playacting. Which is basically a lie and that is actionable. What’s the difference?

“Someone has to set the precedent to stop the game from being ruined, maybe I’ll be the 1st one. Can players sue referee’s?” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight