The longest bans EVER in English football

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Luis Suarez racially abused Patrice Evra

Joey Barton has been hit with an 18-month ban and a £30,000 fine for placing in excess of 1200 football bets over a 10-year period.

The 34-year-old Burnley midfielder has admitted his career could now be over and could yet appeal over the length of the statement.

It is the second-longest ban handed out to a player in England and dwarfs the previous lengthy suspensions on the likes of Luis Suarez and Rio Ferdinand.

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Yahoo Sport looks back at the other huge bans meted out in English football.

Luis Suarez (2013)

The Liverpool striker was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the arm at Anfield.

Luis Suarez (2011)

The Liverpool striker was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 by the FA for racially abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield.

Roy Keane (2002)

The Manchester United legend was handed a five-week ban and a £150,000 fine in October 2002 for comments made about Alfie Haaland in his controversial autobiography – Keane: The Autobiography.

Roy Keane had some choice words for Alfe-Inge Haaland

The Wednesday Three (1960s)

David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay of Sheffield Wednesday were all banned for LIFE for betting against their own team and winning £100.

The ban was lifted after seven years but other players were imprisoned after a huge betting ring was uncovered.

Eric Cantona (1995)

The Manchester United striker was banned for nine months from football worldwide and ordered to do 120 hours community service as a result of his Kung-Fu kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons in 1995 following his red card.

Eric Cantona was suspended for kung fu kicking a Palace fan

Mark Bosnich (2003)

The Chelsea keeper was banned for nine months in April 2003 after failing a drugs test for cocaine. Had his contract terminated by Chelsea and subsequently lost his appeal against the ban.

Rio Ferdinand (2003)

The Manchester United defender was banned for eight months in December 2003 after failing to take a drugs test in September of the same year.

Paolo di Canio (1998)

Sheffield Wednesday’s Italian forward was handed an 11-game ban and £10,000 fine for pushing referee Paul Alcock while playing for Sheffield Wednesday in a Premier League match against Arsenal in September 1998.

Paolo di Canio shoved the referee over

David Prutton (2005)

The Southampton midfielder was hit with a 10-game ban and fined £6,000 by the FA after shoving referee Alan Wiley following his red card in a match against Arsenal in 2005.

Paul Davis (1988)

The Arsenal midfielder was banned for nine matches and fined £3,000 after punching Southampton’s Glenn Cockerill during a match in October 1988.

Vinnie Jones

The Wimbledon hard man was given a six-month ban suspended for three years in November 1992 – and fined a then record £20,000 by the FA – for his commentary in a video glorifying football violence and dirty tricks.

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