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Saturday 23 September 2017

Barton tweeting 'OK'

Mark Hughes insists he has no problem with Joey Barton tweeting, but has warned the QPR captain that he will have to step in if his actions compromise dressing room harmony at Loftus Road.

Barton used Twitter to label former manager Neil Warnock "embarrassing" after the former boss claimed people from inside and outside of the club tweeting owner Tony Fernandes helped "poison" his reputation and led to his sacking two weeks ago.

Barton's tirade came less than 24 hours before Saturday's 3-1 win over Wigan, but Hughes did not speak to the midfielder and has no plans to ask him to tone down his controversial tweets.

Asked if he was concerned about Barton's actions, Hughes said: "No, not at this stage. Joey understands what happens in the dressing room stays there and I don't think it'll be a problem.

"If ever I felt that it was going to compromise us then we'd have a conversation and talk it through, but certainly I haven't felt the need to do that."

QPR moved out of the bottom three thanks to strikes from Heidar Helguson, Akos Buzsaky and Tommy Smith, and next up for them is an FA Cup clash against Chelsea at Loftus Road.

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