BARTON ACCEPTS FINE
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has now been stripped of the captaincy at the club, while he has also been fined six weeks wages for the indiscipline that he showed in the final match of the last Premier league season, according to the Man City news website.
QPR took on Manchester city’s final game of the last season knowing that they had to draw the match if Bolton won their match against Stoke city. QPR managed to surprise everyone by taking the lead against title chasing Manchester City. However, with an hour of the match gone, QPR captain and midfielder Joey Barton got himself sent off for a challenge on Carlos Tevez, in a tackle reminiscent of Cesc Fabregas‘s lunge on Chris Eagles seasons earlier.
However, the major altercation came after his sending off. Joey Barton was involved in the bust up with a number of Manchester City players, while also involving many QPR players as well. His needless red card meant that QPR were reduced to 10 men.
They subsequently lost the match, but were saved due to the fact that Bolton also lost their match against Stoke city. Following the match, it was rumoured that QPR would be willing to listen to offers for the £ 80,000 per week man. However, he has now escaped with a fine and will also know how to do without the captain’s armband.
“My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result. I apologise to the manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters,” said Joey Barton on the official website of QPR. He also said on Twitter that he is certainly not worried about having been fined six weeks wages, but is more disappointed when it comes to losing the captaincy and also having to do without 12 Premier league matches.