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Barton is currently playing for Burnley (Getty)Joey Barton has been banned from all football activity for 18 months - a decision he has labelled 'harsh'

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Barton is currently playing for Burnley (Getty)Joey Barton has been banned from all football activity for 18 months - a decision he has labelled 'harsh' and 'excessive' and that 'effectively forces me into an early retirement'.It comes after the Burnley player admitted an FA conduct charge in relation to placing over 1,000 bets on football.

Jose Mourinho reveals what Marouane Fellaini told him in dressing room after red cardThe controversial midfielder has also been fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.The full written reasons for the decision have not yet been disclosed.Barton quickly responded to the news by releasing a lengthy statement in which he said he Dells' Hugo Boss Jackets Stretch Cotton Zip Hooded Sweat Jacket Open Grey was 'disappointed at the harshness of the sanction'.

'I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players,' it read.The 34-year-old former Manchester City and Newcastle player added that it 'effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football'.FA statement in fullJoey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.It was alleged that between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was SKINNY Jeans also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.Written Reasons will follow in due course.

Burnley simply published the FA's statement on their website and confirmed that Barton will appeal against the level of punishment.'I Miu Miu havana Sunglasses have decided I will be appealing against the length of the ban,' Barton explained in his statement. 'I hope that I shall be afforded a fair hearing by an independent Appeal Panel.

If I am, we are confident that the sanction will be reduced to a fair one that both reflects the offences as well as the mitigating factors and the fact that there was nothing untoward or suspicious about the bets I made.'Barton started this season at Rangers but left in acrimony (Getty)Barton has pointed out that previous bans for betting have not been punished so heavily, suggesting that his chequered history has gone against him.

'A ban of 18 months is longer than several bans handed to players who played in matches where they bet for their team to lose and - unlike me - were found to have had an ability to influence the games. The only players to be banned for 12 months or longer bet against their own teams and played in the matches in which they placed those bets. Players who did not play in the matches they placed the bets in have never been banned for longer than six months.

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