Barton gets extra time
Joey Barton has been given extra time to respond to the two charges of violent conduct levelled against him for his behaviour during QPR's Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City.
The deadline for Barton to accept or deny the charges had been 6pm on Tuesday but the Football Association extended that to 12pm on Wednesday following a request from the Rangers captain's representatives.
"The deadline of 6pm on Tuesday 15 May, which Joey Barton had until to respond to the two FA charges against him for alleged violent conduct has been extended to 12 noon on Wednesday 16 May following a request from his representatives," the FA said in a statement.
"The charges against the Queens Park Rangers midfielder are in relation to Sunday's match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
"Following the player's dismissal in the 54th minute of the fixture, there followed two incidents involving Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.
"As Barton had already been dismissed, both of these incidents fell outside of the jurisdiction of the referee."
Meanwhile, Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has spoken of his exasperation at Barton's latest misdemeanours.
"I just feel sometimes like it is pushing a boulder up a hill, it slips back and you decide whether to go again," Taylor said. "We try to deal with Joey Barton and it is not getting any easier. It has certainly been a backward step for him and his future in the game."