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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Joey Barton's 18-month ban explained: Q&A with legal expert on FA ruling

Is Barton's ban justified? How would other sports have handled this case?

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended from all football activity for 18 months after admitting a misconduct charge relating to betting. 

Barton has admitted the charge but is appealing the length of the ban, which the Football Association (FA) explained in its written reasons.

But how did the FA arrive at this length of ban, and how does football look at betting?

ESPN FC asked Ross Brown, senior associate at sports law practice Onside Sport, to explain the nuances of Wednesday's...

Joey Barton deserves to be banned for repeatedly breaking the rules

Joey Barton, 34, has said he will appeal against the ban he received from the English FA.

Banned for 18 months for gambling offences, the career of Joey Barton, one of football's most polarising characters, is effectively over.

In a lengthy statement on his own website, he sought to defend himself, suggesting in part that his controversial profile had been the reason for the severity of the ban. But Barton can have no complaints because he hasn't just broken the rules; he's repeatedly smashed them with a hammer for years, betting on over 1,000 games, including some involving his own...

 By PA Sport

Joey Barton's betting ban 'a bit harsh,' Burnley boss Sean Dyche says

Joey Barton returned to Burnley in their FA Cup draw.
Joey Barton's career could be over following his 18-month ban from the FA.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has labelled the 18-month ban handed to Joey Barton for a breach of betting regulations as "harsh."

The Football Association imposed the sanction on Wednesday, along with a £30,000 fine, for 1,260 bets the 34-year-old allegedly placed between March 2006 and May 2013, and Barton, who announced his intention to challenge the suspension, believes it will effectively end his playing career.

Barton's short-term contract with Burnley is up at the end of the season and Dyche,...

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Trending: Man United's Paul Pogba out of derby, Joey Barton banned

The Exploding Heads preview the highly anticipated Manchester derby and spot a few celebrities out in Manchester.

Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has ruled Paul Pogba out of the Manchester derby on Thursday. Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera fit. But there is no Chris Smalling or Phil Jones.

- Mourinho is targeting Chelsea midfielder Willian as part of his summer rebuilding plans at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.

- Marcus Rashford has told the Daily Telegraph he hopes Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay at...