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‘It’s over’: Barton admits his career is finished after FA BAN star for 18 months after placing 1260 football bets

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Joey Barton has been handed an 18-month ban from “all football activity” in relation to a betting charge.

The Burnley midfielder accepted an FA charge in February and requested a personal hearing.

Barton is alleged to have placed 1,260 bets over a period of 10 years. In addition, he has been fined £30,000.

He has confirmed he will appeal the “excessive” length of the suspension and is “confident” the sanction will be reduced.

He posted a statement on his official website, admitting the decision “effectively forces me into an early retirement.”

Barton in action against United on Sunday (Photo: REUTERS)
The midfielder rejoined Burnley earlier this season (Photo: PA)

Barton went on to admit he has fought a gambling addiction and had bet on his own team to lose – but was NOT involved in those games.

He uploaded images of the bets made, with stakes ranging from as little as £2 to £600.

During his time at Manchester City, he placed a £3 bet on HIMSELF to score the first goal in a defeat to Fulham.

Barton placed £750, over two bets, on Newcastle to beat Stevenage in the FA Cup in 2011 when the Magpies were the victims of a major upset.

He also bet a total of £800 on the Toon to LOSE against Chelsea and Manchester United, although they drew both matches.

Joey Barton betting slip (Photo: Joey Barton)
Barton reacts (Photo: Clive Brunskill)

Barton admitted he has had a Betfair account in his own name, registered at his home address, since 2004.

He went on to reveal he has placed over 15,000 bets on all sports.

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