Joey Barton's behaviour in the incident which led to him being banned for 12 matches cannot be excused, according to players union boss Gordon Taylor.

QPR midfielder Barton has been banned for 12 games over two counts of violent conduct following his red card against Manchester City on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

Barton was punished for incidents involving Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany but Professional Footballers Association chief executive Taylor has vowed to support him. Taylor told the Kick-Off programme on talkSPORT: "I can't really defend such behaviour [by Joey Barton]."

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