Joey Barton has been stripped of the captaincy and fined six weeks wages by Queens Park Rangers after his sending off against Manchester City in the last game of the Premier League season.
Barton (29) will miss the first three months of the Premier League season after an FA sponsored independent commission fined him £75,000 and imposed a 12-week ban after he tried to head butt City’s Sergio Aguero after lashing out at Carlos Tevez.
Barton, who is currently on holidays, tweeted his response to the punishment.
“Money comes and goes, it’s not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.
“I was stupid and that what happens when u [sic] do dumb things. I am confident i’ll bounce back. Cannot wait.
“That’s all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.
“Have a good day people. Thanks for all the lovely tweets of support. Speak soon xx.”
QPR face Michael Laudrup’s Swnsea on the openeing day of the new Premier League season.