Joey Barton banned for 18 months for betting on soccer

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 27, 2017 09:55 AM
Joey Barton banned for 18 months for betting on soccer
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday May 10, 2015, Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. The 34-year old Barton has been banned for 18-months by the English Football Association after placing 1,260 bets on soccer over the last 11-years, including games he played in. (AP Photo/Jon Super, FILE)
LONDON (AP) — Premier League player Joey Barton was banned for 18 months on Wednesday after placing 1,260 bets on soccer over the last 11 years, including games he played in.

The 34-year-old midfielder says the sanction by the English Football Association "effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football." He says he plans to appeal.

Barton started his career at Manchester City and went on to play for Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers, French side Marseille and Glasgow club Rangers. He has been at Burnley since January.

The FA bans players from betting on any aspect of soccer, but the governing body has its own gambling sponsor.

Barton says "if the FA is serious about tackling gambling I would urge it to reconsider its own dependence on the gambling industry."

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