Here Are The Bets That Have Seen Joey Barton Hit With An 18-Month Ban
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Joey Barton has been banned from football for 18 months after admitting an FA misconduct charge relating to betting. The 34-year old Burnley midfielder had been under investigation before his return to the Premier League.
The news will surely put an end to Barton's career at the top of football and he had only returned to the North West club in January after a short and controversial stint at Rangers.
The statement from the FA read: "Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.
"It was alleged that between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.
"Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
Barton, writing on his website, issued a lengthy statement where he revealed that he had a gambling addiction and criticised the length of the ban, which he will appeal against.
"The FA have announced I am banned from all football for 18 months and fined £30,000 and costs for offences against The FA's Betting Rules. I am very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction. The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. To be clear from the outset here this is not match fixing and at no point in any of this is my integrity in question."
Barton released images of some of the bets that have led to his suspension, with several bets on games involving the teams he was playing for such as Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR. The bets were a mixture of games he was in the starting XI for or not involved in, including Premier League games, reserve games, friendlies, Championship games, as well as FA Cup and League Cup fixtures.
In a number of instances, he backed the oppossing team to win the game but stressed that he was not in the matchday squads for any of the fixtures and could not affect the result in any way. He also added that his decision to bet on his team to lose stemmed from him being frustrated at not being able to play in the game.
Here are details of the 30 bets published by Barton:
The ones that jump out are Barton placing a £3.00 bet on himself to score the first goal for Manchester City in a game against Fulham in 2006 as well as a £5.00 bet that came through on teammate Giorgios Samaras to score the opening goal. For the same fixture, he also lost £600 having backed his team to win the game. City lost 2-1 at home.
Moreover, he had a £497.50 bet on his Newcastle side defeating Stevenage in the FA Cup - a game that Barton scored in but the Magpies lost 3-1.
His most recent bets, which all fell through, were on QPR in games against Rochdale and Leeds in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
In total, of the 30 bets that Barton has released, he won on just three occasions.
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