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Joey Barton finalises return to Burnley

By Phil Medlicott

Joey Barton has rejoined Burnley on a deal until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.

The Clarets recently agreed a deal in principle for the midfielder to sign in the January transfer window. The issue had been complicated by a Football Association probe into alleged betting, with Barton facing a possible fine and suspension after being charged for allegedly placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

But Burnley announced shortly after yesterday's 2-1 loss at Manchester City that Barton's return had been finalised.

The Clarets also revealed the one-match ban Barton - who left Burnley to join Rangers over the summer but was frozen out after a training ground argument following a 5-1 defeat to Celtic in September - was handed in November by the Scottish Football Association for breaching betting regulations has now been served.

A statement from the club read: "We can confirm that following discussions regarding the FA charge against Joey Barton, the club have reached an agreement over a contract until the end of the season. Barton is available from January 3 after completing his registration in time to serve a one-match ban against Manchester City."

Burnley's next match is Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Sunderland.

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