QPR’s Latest Signing Joey Barton Fact File

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1982: Born Huyton, Merseyside, September 2.

2003: April – Makes Manchester City debut in a 2-0 defeat at Bolton. Scores first Blues goal in 2-0 win at Tottenham.

2004: February – Sent off at half-time in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham with his team 3-0 down. City go on to win 4-3.

April – Stormed out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from the side to face Southampton.

July – Blasted by manager Kevin Keegan for causing a mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

December – Stubbed a lit cigar into the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during club’s Christmas party. Fined six weeks’ wages by City. Forced to pay four weeks’ salary – approximately £60,000 – immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year.

2005: May – Barton breaks leg of 35-year-old pedestrian while driving his car at 2am in Liverpool city centre.

July 22 – Involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City’s team hotel in Bangkok, where the team are playing in the FA Premier League Trophy.

July 27 – Fined eight weeks’ wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct in the Bangkok incident. Agrees to undertake a programme of rehabilitation.

2006: January 30 – Hands in a transfer request, which is instantly rejected.

September 30 – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Merseyside Police and the Football Association later confirm they are liaising in their investigation into the matter.

October 5 – Charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute by the FA over the Goodison Park incident.

October 10 – Fined £2,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA.

2007: January 16 – Everton bid for Barton rejected by Manchester City. Agent Willie McKay reveals the midfielder has a £5.5million release clause in his contract, suggesting Everton triggered this clause.

February 7 – Makes senior England debut as a 78th-minute substitute against Spain.

February 21 – Cleared of making obscene gestures towards Portsmouth fans due to insufficient evidence.

March 13 – Arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage in an incident involving a taxi driver. He is later charged with criminal damage, which he denies. Barton is later cleared of any wrongdoing.

May 1 – Suspended by City for the rest of the season after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo.

June 14 – Completes £5.8million move to Newcastle.

July 21 – Breaks a metatarsal in a pre-season meeting with Carlisle.

August 2 – Charged with assault over Dabo incident.

October 4 – Appears in court charged with Dabo assault. Indicates he will plead not guilty.

October 22 – Makes Newcastle debut in 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

December 1 – Causes controversy by describing the St James’ Park crowd as “vicious”.

December 27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre.

December 28 – Charged with common assault and affray and refused bail.

2008: January 3 – Released from custody after being granted bail.

January 16 – Appears in court in Liverpool over allegations of assault and affray.

March 12 – Appears in court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

May 20 – Admits assault and affray and is jailed for six months at Liverpool Crown Court.

July 1 – Receives four-month suspended sentence for assaulting Dabo.

July 28 – Released from prison.

July 31 – The FA charge Barton with violent conduct over the Dabo incident.

August 30 – Returns as a substitute for Newcastle away to Arsenal.

September 5 – Banned by the FA for 12 matches – six of which are suspended – and fined £25,000 after admitting violent conduct charge in relation to Dabo incident.

2009: May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso.

May 5 – Suspended until further notice by Newcastle.

November 11 – Charged with violent conduct by the FA after allegedly punching Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen during their Premier League match.

2011: August 1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer.

August 24 – Holds talks with QPR over a move to London.

August 26 – Signs for QPR on a four-year deal.

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