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Bonus dispute forced Barton exit

Joey Barton has revealed the reason for his departure from Newcastle to QPR - a dispute over bonuses.

Barton, 29, has attracted controversy throughout his career and was placed on the transfer list in the summer after criticising the club's board on Twitter, but the midfielder has revealed he believes his exit to be a consequence of refusing to agree to a bonus proposal.

Speaking to the QPR podcast, Open All R's, Barton said: "Newcastle, as a playing squad, were the only club in Premier League history not to sign a bonus sheet. It was unprecedented. We refused as a playing staff (to sign) as they tried to railroad the players into signing a bonus sheet.

"Myself and the bigger name players at the time advised the playing staff because we were head of the playing committee not to sign the bonus sheet and that filtered back to boardroom level.

"It's no coincidence that I was given away. It's all about power and control. They are running the football club and it's going really well for them at the minute but that's more a testament to the players and the fans, and also the manager (Alan Pardew). The manager has been different class."

Newcastle have had an impressive start to the season since Barton's departure with the midfield partnership of Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye ensuring the former City man isn't missed.

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