The Burnley midfielder has been handed an 18-month ban that he admits has effectively ended his football career
SHAMED Joey Barton carried on breaking strict betting rules — despite an FA warning not to.
The controversial Burnley midfielder laid a staggering 704 wagers in the three seasons AFTER football chiefs sent him a stern letter over his gambling.
Yesterday, the FA released a 65-page dossier revealing why they punished Barton with an 18-month ban and £30,000 fine for placing 1,260 bets on games between 2006 and 2016.
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Barton, 34, claims the lengthy ban will end his career by forcing his early retirement.
Incredibly, his lawyer Nick De Marco asked for just a two-week suspension — even though the player admitted breaking the rules.
The Clarets bad-boy confessed to making 15,000 sports bets over ten years, totalling more than £200,000.
Of those, 1,260 were on football games — with 42 involving teams he played for. Some were on his own side to LOSE.
The FA report disclosed how:
- Barton initially claimed he threw the FA’s letter — sent on January 24, 2012 — in the BIN.
- He responded to the written warning on January 27, yet still placed bets on the following three days.
- The midfielder said it would have been “silly” to tell the governing body about a punt he placed on Chelsea and Liverpool in November 2011.
- He sent a tweet in October 2014 admitting he knew he was NOT allowed to bet on football.
Barton claimed he thought the FA were only interested in suspicious betting patterns, despite conceding he had a professional responsibility to know what the rules were.
The report also detailed how Barton had been sent a copy of the rulebook but incredibly told the Independent Regulatory Commission: “I knew the rules had changed. My belief was you could pretty much bet on anything as long as you weren’t playing in the game.”
But when quizzed on whether he had checked the rules during his ten-year betting spree, he replied: “I made the same attempts you make to familiarise yourself with the rules on refereeing. You pay a passing glance at them, but no more.”
When Betfair contacted the FA in September 2016 with their own concerns, Barton’s dismissive attitude was: “I have not broken any laws because nobody has contacted me.”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic slammed Barton, insisting the punishment was not excessive.
Bilic said: “The players know you can’t be involved in any sort of gambling, like you can’t use your hands on the pitch. You don’t have to remind them.
“The suspension is severe but it has to be. It’s his mistake.”
But Barton’s club boss Sean Dyche criticised the length of the ban — which is TWICE what Eric Cantona got for his kung-fu kick on a fan in 1995.
Dyche said: “We feel it’s harsh. What’s worse? Do I want to see my kids jump over a rail and kung-fu kick someone?
“Or do I want to know that someone privately had some bets that had no effect on anyone apart from himself and the betting company?
“I’m a football manager, I know the rules and so does Joey. So therefore, I totally respect and understand the FA saying it’s unacceptable.”
The Commission insisted Barton’s rap was “lenient” and the “shortest possible ban” it could have imposed.
Accrington MD Robert Heys received a 21-month ban after 735 betting breaches in 2013.