Barton handed double charge

Midfielder could face nine-game ban

Joey Barton: Handed two charges by FA following his sending off at Manchester City

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QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been hit with two charges of violent conduct by the Football Association for his actions during the defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Former City midfielder Barton was sent off during QPR's dramatic 3-2 reverse at the Etihad Stadium for elbowing Carlos Tevez.

Barton then compounded his woes by kicking Sergio Aguero and attempting to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being escorted off the pitch by his team-mates.

Barton will now be banned for QPR's first four games next season but he could end up with a longer suspension - possibly up to nine matches.

The FA said in a statement: "The FA has today charged Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton in relation to two acts of alleged violent conduct during Sunday's match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

"Following the player's dismissal in the 54th minute of the fixture, there followed two incidents involving Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

"As Barton had already been dismissed, both of these incidents fell outside of the jurisdiction of the referee."