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Montrelle Montesinos | 27 Abril, 2017, 19:06

Barton was handed the ban by the Football Association with immediate effect after he admitted a misconduct charge related to betting.

Barton was alleged to have placed 1,260 bets on football over a 10-year period from 2006 to 2016, with the 34-year-old admitting the charge in February.

"Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct".

"Written Reasons will follow in due course". He also has one full England cap. I'm disappointed it wasn't taken into proper consideration.

Barton issued a lengthy statement on his official website, saying he is "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" as the "decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football".

"One thing I can state with absolute certainty - I have never placed a bet against my own team when in a position to influence the game, and I am pleased that in all of the interviews with the FA, and at the hearing, my integrity on that point has never been in question".

He added: "I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players". Just over 1,200 were placed on football and subject to the charges against me. While Mourinho was the one who gave Morata his debut with Real Madrid back in the 2010-11 season, the striker has recently called Antonio Conte the manager who "most bet on him".

"Raised at the hearing was that between 2004 and 2011 I placed a handful of bets on my own team to lose matches". I accept of course that this is against the rules, for the obvious reason that a player with an additional financial stake in the game might seek to change the course of it for his own personal gain.

'I feel indebted to him because he's the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.

However, Barton did bet on one game he was playing in, backing himself to be first goalscorer for Manchester City in a game against Fulham in 2006, as well as laying on his teammate Georgios Samaras doing likewise. I had no more ability to influence the outcome than had I been betting on darts, snooker, or a cricket match in the West Indies. I understand people will think that is childish and selfish and I can not disagree with that.

A short statement from Burnley said Barton will appeal against the length of the ban.

After his statement Barton then names the 30 most "pertinent bets" highlighted by the FA.