Blow for Liverpool as combative midfield star gets FA hearing news - report
By Matt Farr
Joey Barton is set to play for Burnley against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, according to a report.
TalkSport reports that the 34-year-old has had his FA misconduct hearing postponed, and will be available to represent Burnley against Liverpool in their next outing.
Barton was set to appear before an FA commission on Wednesday after accepting a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.
However, the hearing did not go ahead as planned, and with no new date set, Barton could be available for an indefinite period.
Had the hearing gone ahead, the former Rangers midfielder could have been set to land a significant ban, an outcome which Sean Dyche and Burnley had been prepared to accept.
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The Premier League club were aware of the potential consequences of Barton’s actions well before he signed for the club in January, and reportedly made provisions in his contract in case of a lengthy ban.
Barton’s availability could provide a significant boost for Burnley ahead of their visit to Anfield, as the midfield battle will be a tough one to win against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The England midfielder has been an important player for the Clarets this term, making 12 appearances in all competitions, and scoring one goal.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will be confident of victory following their impressive win over Arsenal at the weekend.
In other Liverpool news, James Tomkins has delivered his verdict on outcast Mamadou Sakho.