Barton future to be decided

Sat, 26 May 09:07:06 2012

Joey Barton will discover in the next two weeks whether he has a future at QPR.

The club have confirmed they will not appeal the 12-match ban handed down in response to his sending-off and subsequent actions in the defeat to Manchester City on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

An internal investigation is now under way at Loftus Road and it remains to be seen what additional sanctions the club will impose on their captain, signed last summer on a lucrative four-year deal following a free transfer from Newcastle.

QPR are set to head out to Asia for a pre-season tour in mid-July but whether Barton will be part of that travelling party is uncertain.

Barton, 29, was hit with the lengthy ban and fined £75,000 by a Football Association-appointed independent regulatory commission on Wednesday, after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez, then kicking out at Sergio Aguero as he left the pitch in the match on May 13, before aiming a headbutt in the direction of Vincent Kompany.

There will, however, be no appeal.


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