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PFA Statement: Joey Barton

Burnley's Joey Barton

The PFA makes this statement following the announcement that Joey Barton will be suspended for 18 months from all footballing activity, fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct for admitting a breach FA Rules in relation to betting.

Joey has issued the following statement.

The PFA fully understands the need to protect the integrity of the game and recognises the importance of educating players about the risks posed by betting and match fixing. However, sanctions for breaches must always be proportionate. We note Joey has decided to appeal on the basis that the suspension is longer than in previous similar cases. In respect for the appeal process and on the basis that the written reasons for the decision have not been released, it would not be appropriate to comment in detail but we hope that when the matter is finally determined that sufficient weight is given to the sanctions handed down in other cases of a similar nature.

Finally, we also note that Joey has accepted his responsibility for his actions and has vowed to seek help in overcoming his gambling addiction; needless to say, the PFA will provide any support and assistance he needs in addressing this issue.