'Blessing', 'overrated' - Rangers fans react on Twitter to Barton 18-month ban
By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton has been hit with a sensational 18-month ban from football – and there is little sympathy from Rangers fans on Twitter.
The Football Association revealed on their official website on Wednesday 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 at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
It was alleged that in a 10-year period ending May 2016, Barton placed 1,260 football bets in breach of FA Rule E8.
Barton joined Rangers on a two-year deal last summer but the transfer turned sour within months following a dressing room bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday.
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The 34-year-old former England international had his contract terminated by Rangers in November and joined Burnley for the second time on a free transfer in January.
Fans of the Scottish giants are convinced their club dodged a bullet by letting Barton leave and paying him off given that his career now appears to be over.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sorry but I never got the Barton thing at all i was disappointed when Rangers signed him overrated Imo a hothead and loudmouth a let down
— william boyle (@BoyleBillyb2011) April 26, 2017
@WilliamMacint Recruitment hasn’t been the best but I think Barton saga was a real warning that Warburton doesn’t understand what it takes to be a winner
— ???? ➡️2 next season (@iang_1972) April 25, 2017
A few months ago I thought we had backed the wrong horse getting rid of Barton before Warburton, turns out club were right on both counts. https://t.co/J6f1YU28wf
— Mark Young (@Gusthemule) April 26, 2017
— Crazy Horse ????⚪️???? (@glasgowsportsfa) April 26, 2017
RANGERS at fault for Joey Barton full stop. Let’s cut out the veiled headlines.
— Dazzles RFC (@bridge_ger) April 26, 2017
Blessing rangers got rid of Barton in the end than
— st albans true blues (@onestafc) April 26, 2017
— waltersboy (@waltersboy_) April 26, 2017
Didn’t know Joey Barton played with rangers upon being banned?? https://t.co/c1BZGzdggg
— TheFamous (@GSTQmonthegers) April 26, 2017
Burnley immediately announced on their official website that Barton plans to appeal against the length of his suspension.
The veteran midfielder, whose career has included spells at Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR and Rangers, subsequently released a statement to reveal he is “very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction”.
He added the “decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football”.