Monday 25 June 2012
Queens Park Rangers have taken the captaincy off Joey Barton following a disciplinary investigation.
The 29-year-old has also been fined six weeks' wages following his actions against Manchester City in the final fixture of the last Barclays Premier League campaign, which led to the midfielder being banned for the first 12 matches of the 2012/13 season.
QPR have announced that there is an agreement with Barton that his contract could be terminated if he seriously breaches the club's disciplinary procedures again.
Barton will also be absent from QPR's pre-season tour of Asia in July.
"My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result"
- Joey Barton
"It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved," Queens Park Rangers CEO Philip Beard told the club's official website.
"Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.
"I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner."
Barton was sent off for an elbow on City striker Carlos Tevez but was then involved in incidents with both Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany as he left the field.
"My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result," said Barton.
"I apologise to the manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters."