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And slams ‘hypocrisy’ of FA – ‘it’s like I’ve kung-fu-ed a fan, racially abused a player and bitten another’

Date Posted,June 17, 2017

Joey Barton has claimed his outspoken personality led to the FA handing him an 18-month ban for breaching betting rules.

The midfielder has been handed the ban after making 1,260 bets over a 12-year period – including stakes on matches he was involved in.

He plans to appeal the sanction on July 20 and has accused the FA of picking on him.

Barton compares his sanction to others handed out by football’s governing body for offences including racial abuse and attacks.

The 34-year-old suggests he thought he would be handed a ban of six to eight months due to other cases, but adds: “I suppose everyone else isn’t me.”

Barton during his time at Burnley (Photo: PA)
Barton showed the matches he bet on (Photo: Joey Barton)

“Luis Suarez racially insults Patrice Evra. He bites a player. John Terry [abuses Anton Ferdinand]. Eight and 10 games for Suarez. Four for Terry. That’s 22 in total. For Cantona’s kung-fu kick it’s nine months, say 48 games,” he told The Sunday Times.

“I’m getting all that in one hit. I’ve basically kung-fu-ed a fan, racially abused two players and bitten another in one go – and more – in FA eyes. For doing a football coupon.”

Luis Suarez of Liverpool refuses to shake the hand of Patrice Evra of Manchester United
Suarez and Evra clash (Photo: Getty)
United's Eric Cantona attacks Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being sent off for a foul on Richard Shaw at Selhurst Park
United’s Eric Cantona attacks a Palace fan (Photo: Rex)

Barton has also let rip at the FA for their hypocrisy due to their partnership with betting company Ladbrokes.

He claims the FA has “no actual interest in tackling betting”, suggesting gambling is rife across football.

Barton adds: “What are the FA going to do, march into Ladbrokes and say ‘Show us every one who’s had a bet on this game?’ Ladbrokes are going to say, ‘Eff off, we pay you £10m a year, keep your mouth shut.’

“They’ve given me such a harsh sentence because they want to maintain to the world that this is a very high-integrity game here.”

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