Joey Barton exposes himself as a terrible gambler in defence of his ban

Telegraph Sport
Joey Barton won only three of the 30 bets he shared on his website - -

Joey Barton has exposed himself as a terrible gambler in response to his 18-month ban from all football activities.

The Burnley midfielder was quick to respond to the Football Association's heavy punishment for allegedly placing 1,260 bets on football matches between March 2006 and May 2013.

In the statement he shared on his own website, Barton, who admits to a gambling addiction, lists a series of bets he placed during 2006 and 2011.

Of the 30 bets Barton shows evidence of, the former Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR and Rangers midfielder only won three of them.

The 34-year-old, who said in his statement that the ban has effectively forced him into an early retirement, laid out £1,688 but only won £118.60, losing £1,199.40.

Barton correctly backed Georgios Samaras not to score the first goal for Manchester City against Fulham on April 28, 2006. Despite being in the starting line-up himself, Barton placed £5 on his team-mate to break the deadlock winning another £5 in the process.

Barton's bets from 2006 to 2011 Credit: JoeyBarton.com

In two of his biggest bets placed, Barton placed £747.50 overall that Newcastle would beat League Two Stevenage in their FA Cup third round tie.

Barton placed £497.50 on Newcastle to win the tie outright. He placed a second bet with a stake of £250 on Newcastle to win at half-time and full-time. Barton played the full 90 minutes as Stevenage won the tie 3-1.

The two other bets that Barton proved successful came when he backed the opposition in matches against his team.

He correctly backed West Ham to beat Manchester City on April 15, 2006 to win £33.60. On that occasion Barton was not involved in the squad.

Barton, who won one England cap during his career back in 2007, also backed Chelsea to beat Newcastle on November 28, 2010. Again Barton was not involved in the match but won £435.00 after laying down £350.

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