FA charge Barton
Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after allegedly punching Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The 28-year-old has been charged by the FA after match referee Mike Jones viewed video evidence of the 50th-minute incident during Wednesday night's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat for the Magpies at St James' Park.
An FA statement said: "Newcastle United FC midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following an incident in his side's fixture with Blackburn Rovers FC on Wednesday, 10 November."
It continued: "Barton has until 6pm on Friday 12 November to reply to the charge and under the FA's fast-track regulations, may admit the charge and accept a standard three-match suspension."
Barton's fist appeared to make contact with Pedersen's ribs in the aftermath of an incident inside the Newcastle penalty area as Rovers midfielder Junior Hoilett was being booked for diving.
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was happy to let the authorities deal with the matter immediately after the game, although opposite number Chris Hughton, like the officials, did not see it at the time.
Having also viewed video footage of it, Hughton did not condone Barton's actions, but insisted the reaction has been intensified because of his track record.
He said: "I have seen it again and I am aware that he has raised his hands, but I am also very conscious that because it's Joey Barton, there will be far more made of it than any other individual.
"This is an individual who not so long ago the television was showing him being kicked from pillar to post around a football ground."
If Barton admits his guilt or is alternatively convicted of the offence, he will miss Saturday's home clash with Fulham, next weekend's trip to Bolton and the visit of champions Chelsea to St James' on November 28.