Belfast Telegraph

QPR fail in Barton red card appeal

By Carl Markham

QPR have failed with their appeal to have Joey Barton's red card for violent conduct in Monday's Barclays Premier League match against Norwich overturned.

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

QPR appealed against the dismissal but the Football Association last night confirmed that appeal had failed.

An FA statement read: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has today dismissed a claim of wrongful dismissal from Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton following his red card for violent conduct in the QPR v Norwich City game on 2 January 2012.

“Barton will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.”

It means the 29-year-old midfielder will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie at MK Dons, the Premier League clash away to former club Newcastle the following Sunday and the home match against fellow strugglers Wigan on January 21.

Barton initially used his Twitter account to claim the match officials had been “conned” and responded to yesterday’s punishment with more tweets, hitting out at the FA's ruling while also admitting he was “devastated” not to be able to face former club Newcastle.

He tweeted: “Devastated to miss return to SJP and FA cup tie but life goes on. Feel sympathy for those who have never played yet set the rules.......

“I'd be really interested to see who this “expert panel” really consists of? Wonder if we can find out?

“Right, enough on this matter, I am going to use my 3 games to take up acting classes. It's abundantly clear the best thespian wins. £nojustice.”


Fulham are just one of many clubs casting an eye over Catania striker Maxi Lopez, according to the player's agent.

The 27-year-old has proven a hit since joining the Sicilian club and could be a wily addition for the goal-shy Cottagers.

Martin Jol's side have scored just 22 goals in 20 Premier League matches, while speculation remains over the future of strikers Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson.

Catania sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco claimed the west Londoners have made a bid for the former Barcelona striker.

“On Maxi Lopez there are no developments as yet, but an offer has been received from Fulham and we are evaluating it,” Lo Monaco said.

“We are waiting to see what the Italian clubs will do. AC Milan are definitely out, while we will see what happens with Fiorentina. Lazio? I don't think they need Maxi.”

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