Saturday 25 November 2017

Barton threatens action over red

QPR captain Joey Barton continues to walk a disciplinary tightrope after claiming he could sue over the red card he received against Norwich.

The west London club have appealed to the English Football Association against Barton's dismissal in Monday's 2-1 home defeat, and it is understood the governing body in turn are to seek observations from Rangers over critical comments from director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam.

Barton gave QPR an early lead at Loftus Road, before then getting involved in a tussle with Bradley Johnson, and appearing to headbutt the Norwich midfielder.

Play continued before referee Neil Swarbrick consulted his assistant nearest to the incident and produced a red card. Norwich went on to win the clash.


Barton had immediately used his Twitter account to launch an impassioned defence of what he saw as a "ridiculous decision", claiming the match officials had been "conned".

The 29-year-old midfielder yesterday wrote on Twitter: "I wonder how long it is before a football club sues a referee for making a bad decision? There's too much at stake to not have technology. Or a player sues another player for play-acting. Which is basically a lie and that is actionable.

"Someone has to set the precedent to stop the game from being ruined, maybe I'll be the first one. Can players sue referees?"

The QPR captain claimed the officials told him at half-time they had not actually seen the alleged headbutt and feels a review system such as in rugby league and rugby union should be used in football.

"We have the best officiated game in the world on our doorstep (rugby). Why don't we move our game forward?" he continued.

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