Barton denies ban ploy

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Joey Barton has denied trying to deflect attention away from his behaviour at Manchester City as he waited to learn whether he faces a nine-match ban.

Barton apologised again on Monday morning for his red card and subsequent actions in his side's 3-2 defeat on Sunday, which he followed with an expletive-laden attack on his former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer.

But he denied accusations from presenter Gary Lineker that his attack on Shearer was an attempt to deflect attention away from his conduct, and posted on Twitter: "No deflections here mate. Think the fact about 100m people seen it will see to that. Just don't like how he gets personal..."

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