Red cards, cigars and an 'odious little toad' - Sky Sports remembers some of the many unpleasant incidents in the history of Joey Barton
Last Updated: May 23, 2012 9:45pm
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton was on Wednesday evening banned for 12 matches and fined £75,000 by the Football Association after being charged with two acts of violent conduct.
The punishment came as a consequence of his dismissal for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the Premier League season at Manchester City.
Barton kneed Sergio Aguero, sending the striker to the ground, and attempted to headbutt City captain Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the field.
The midfielder accepted the charge relating to Aguero, but denied the one against Kompany and requested a personal hearing, where the verdict went against him.
Here, Sky Sports details some of the other incidents that have been bad news for Barton.
2004: February - Barton red carded for the first time in Manchester City's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.
April - Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.
July - Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.
December - Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to pay four weeks' salary - approximately £60,000 - immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning £65,000 in damages.
2005: July - Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks' wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
2006: September - Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
December - Shown the second red card of his career - this time a straight red - for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City's 2-0 home defeat by Bolton.
2007: May - Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged with assault, and on 1st July 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban - six matches of which are suspended and a £25,000 fine.
27th December - Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and misses Newcastle's New Year fixtures, being released on 3rd January.
2008: 20th May - Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.
2009: 3rd May - Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso. Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is suspended by the club two days later.
2010: 10th November - Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat for Newcastle at St James' Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for three games.
2011: 1st August - Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins QPR on 26th August.
2012: 2nd January - Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.
26th January - Barton unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association, labelling them an "Orwellian organisation" in need of a "drastic shake-up".
May: In the wake of his dismissal against City, Barton launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Alan Shearer, his former manager at Newcastle and current TV pundit, before turning on presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: "back under your stone you odious little toad..."