Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

FA the latest target for Barton

Joey Barton

QPR captain Joey Barton unleashed an online tirade against the Football Association on Thursday, labelling them an "Orwellian organisation" in need of a "drastic shake-up".

The 29-year-old midfielder tweeted that he had received a warning letter from the FA for predicting the outcome of the weekend's matches involving Manchester United and Manchester City.

Barton claims he was warned the predictions could be seen as "insider information" and that he has received around 30 letters from the governing body. Beginning a series of tweets, he said: "Just received my weekly warning letter from FA headquarters, this time regarding me tweeting about predicting the weekend's Manchester double."

He continued: "According to the FA, I am not allowed to give my opinion of possible results in case that is seen as insider information. These people are so out of touch with reality it's untrue.

"What difference does my opinion of the outcome of a match have on the result? None. #rightinthebin"

He continued: "The strange thing is they have probably sent me 30 letters since I started tweeting. That's 30 pieces of paper wasted. Stop sending please.

"I'll prob get a letter about the last few tweets. That's how ridiculous it's become. Drastic shake-up needed to move the game into 21st century.

"Hopefully they stop trying to be an Orwellian organisation and get to grips with the change that's happening in the world around them.

"Don't understand how they can try to police a technology they understand very little about."

Barton is widely known for making outspoken comments via his Twitter account @Joey7Barton, which has more than 1.1million followers. However, The FA had no comment to make on the subject when contacted by Press Association Sport.

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