By Wayne Veysey

26th Apr, 2017 | 1:05pm

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton banned for 18 months

By Alex Stevens

Midfielder Joey Barton has been hit with a sensational 18-month ban from football, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Football Association revealed on their official website that the Burnley player has been “suspended from football and all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect”.

This comes after the controversial 34-year-old admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.

It was alleged that between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.

Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Burnley immediately announced on their official website that Barton plans to appeal against the length of his suspension.

It was added that the veteran midfielder, whose career has included spells at Manchester City, Newcastle and Rangers, would be releasing a statement shortly.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s outstanding players has revealed a leading Premier League club are keeping close tabs on him ahead of a summer move.

We’ve launched a << BREAKING NEWS FEED>> exclusively for your club. ‘Like Us’ on Facebook by clicking here if you want 24/7 updates on all Rangers breaking news