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Joey Barton | Midfielder | #19

Team: Burnley
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 154

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Joey Barton will appeal his 18-month suspension after he admitted a Football Association charge relating to betting on matches.
The Burnley midfielder is said to be "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" and if Barton is unsuccessful in having his ban reduced, then it’s unlikely he will ever play professionally again, certainly in the top-flight. At the age of 34, Barton admits: "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. 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." Barton was reunited with his former boss Sean Dyche in January following an unhappy stint at Rangers, and has enjoyed a successful return to Turf Moor. However, his contract will be terminated with immediate effect, if his ban for placing 1,260 bets between March 2006 and May 2016, breaching FA Rule E8, is not reduced. Steven Defour is poised for a return at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Apr 27 - 5:07 AM
Source: Daily Mail

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