Bad boy Joey Barton has been given a one match ban by the Scottish Football Associstion for betting.
Barton placed 44 bets between July 1st and September 15th. He was charged with breaking the rules to gambling on soccer matches – his contract with Rangers was terminated last week.
Barton will no doubt sign for a new club in January. His suspension will carry over to his new club.
Joey Barton is…was…a fantastic footballer, and at 34 years of age, he is coming to the end of his career.
Will he look back on his career and think, ‘what a dick-head I’ve been’? – the answer is, yes.
He offered so much promise, and and one point, in my opinion, was good enough to play internataional soccer for England. He had great vision, and could create something out of nothing.
But he was (and still is) his own worst enemy.
He has been convicted twice on charges of violence and in 2008 was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for common assault in Liverpool city centre. The same year, he was also given a suspended sentence for Actual Bodily Harm on team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training session.
The Football Association have charged Joey Barton three times with violent conduct for the assault on Dabo, for punching Morten Pederson, and for attacking three players on the final day of the 2011-12 season – what a prize peen-arse.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. Barton is from Liverpool in the UK – everyone knows that scousers don’t have two brain cells to rub together.
by Terence Johns