Joey Barton hit out at a "ridiculous decision" to send him off in Queen's Park Rangers' 2-1 defeat by Norwich at Loftus Road for an apparent headbutt on Bradley Johnson.

After firing the home side in front on 11 minutes, Barton then lost his cool following a tussle with Johnson, when he appeared to headbutt the Norwich midfielder. After consultation with the assistant, he was shown a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick.

However, the QPR captain defended himself on Twitter, saying: "Well feel for the officials, they've been conned. Admitted to me at HT they never saw it. I was pulled back 1st, then kicked 2nd. Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen was Johnsons reaction. My head dosent move forward at all. Ridiculous decision seen 25 replays."

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