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Joey Barton, QPR Captain, Banned For 12 Matches By FA

Joey Barton has been banned for 12 matches and hit with a £75,000 fine after two charges of violent conduct were proven against him.

Barton was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez during the Rs' 3-2 Premier League loss at Manchester City, before he kicked Sergio Aguero and had to be manhandled off the pitch.

This eight-match suspension is to run consecutively to the four-game suspension Barton was already given for his dismissal in the fixture, making a total of 12 matches.

Barton accepted the charge of violent conduct against Aguero but denied the second breach of violent conduct against Kompany. The independent Regulatory Commission, however, found this second charge proved.

His dismissal came in his club's biggest game of the season, as they bid to avoid relegation to the Championship, having returned to the top flight for the first time in 15 years in 2011.

With the scoreline at 1-1, the the Rs had to play the majority of the second-half a man short, but took the lead through Jamie Mackie, until City's late comeback when them the title.

QPR however stayed up by virtue of Bolton Wanderers drawing 2-2 at Stoke City.

Barton has courted controversy throughout his career on and off the pitch at his two previous clubs, as his rap sheet suggests...

JULY 2004

Barton is criticised by Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan for causing a mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster Rovers.

DECEMBER 2004

At City's Christmas party, he stubs a lit cigar into the eye of youth team player Jamie Tandy. Fined four weeks' wages – approximately £60,000 – he is hit with a further two weeks' suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning £65,000 in damages.

JULY 2005

Slaps a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's team hotel in Bangkok whilst on pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks' wages by the club after being found guilty of gross misconduct. Agrees to undertake a programme of rehabilitation.

MARCH 2007

Arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage in an incident involving a taxi driver. He is bailed until May pending further inquiries.

MAY 2007

Suspended by City for the rest of the season after repeatedly punching Ousmane Dabo - even whilst unconscious - which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment.

OCTOBER 2007

Appears at Trafford magistrates court to answer a charge of assault on Dabo. He however indicates he will plead not guilty at a full trial.

DECEMBER 2007

Having been arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident, he is later charged with common assault and affray.

MAY 2008

Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.

JULY 2008

Receives four-month suspended sentence for assaulting Dabo, he is then charged with violent conduct by the FA over the incident, which he admits. He is banned for 12 matches – six of which are suspended – and fined £25,000 for the attack.

MAY 2009

After a red card against Liverpool for a late challenge on Xabi Alonso, he is involved in a row with Newcastle United manager Alan Shearer and is suspended until further notice by the club.

NOVEMBER 2010

Banned for violent conduct by the FA after punching the Blackburn Rovers player Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach.