Rangers suspend Barton for three weeks after a riot on training
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Rangers FC has Joey Barton for three weeks suspended, because the controversial midfielder last week during a training session three days after the strong defeat against Celtic (5-1) a collision with a team mate.
“The manager, Mark Warburton, and the club believe that there is time and space is required for both the club as the player to evaluate what has happened,” writes Rangers FC on Monday in a statement on the website of the club.
The club from Glasgow has never been confirmed what exactly happened at training last week Tuesday, but according to news agency Press Association was Barton sent home after he had a fight made with teammate Andy Halliday.
The 34-year-old Barton responded two days later with a comprehensive statement on Twitter. “After the Old Firm was, of course, frustrated and on the training of Tuesday, there was a fair discussion about the outcome and the causes of the defeat”, wrote the Englishman.
“During the discussion there was considerable disagreement about the contest and there are some hard words cases. It were only words, nothing else, but some of those words were a border.”
“As someone who is always on a direct way to communicate, I accept that some of the things said were inappropriate were and I offer my apologies for. I can only offer my apologies for the fact that I’d really like to win and I want that Rangers are much better going to perform.”
Manager Warburton had Barton at first dedicated to to Monday not on the training to appear. Now he does the next three weeks, also not to show with Rangers FC.
Barton is in his career, often in time to come. So he sat in 2008 as a player of Newcastle United 77 days in prison after he was condemned for assault of a teenager in Liverpool.
A year earlier he beat Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo in hospital during a fight on the training, and in 2010 he beat the Blackburn Rovers player Morten Gamst Pedersen during a match, filled in his stomach.
Rangers FC plays this season for the first time since the bankruptcy and compulsory relegation in 2012, again at the highest level in Scotland. The team at Warburton after six races, the fifth with nine points. Leader and archrival Celtic has four points more and a game less played.