Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Joey Barton considers legal action over red card

QPR captain Joey Barton last night claimed he could sue over the red card he received against Norwich.

I’m considering legal action, claims Barton

QPR have confirmed they will appeal to the Football Association against Barton's dismissal in Monday's 2-1 home defeat.

It is understood the FA in turn are to seek observations from the London club over critical comments from director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam.

Barton gave QPR an early lead at Loftus Road, before then getting involved in a tussle with Bradley Johnson and appearing to headbutt the Norwich midfielder.

Play continued before referee Neil Swarbrick consulted his assistant nearest to the incident and produced a red card.

Norwich won through goals from Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison, to leave QPR hovering above the relegation zone.

Barton had immediately used his Twitter account to launch an impassioned defence of what he viewed as a “ridiculous decision”, claiming the match officials had been “conned”.

The 29-year-old former Newcastle midfielder yesterday tweeted: “I wonder how long it is before a football club sues a referee for making a bad decision? There's too much at stake to not have technology.

“Or a player sues another player for playacting. Which is basically a lie and that is actionable. What's the difference?

“Someone has to set the precedent to stop the game from being ruined, maybe I'll be the 1st one. Can players sue referees?”

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