QPR are set to launch their own internal investigation after captain Joey Barton was handed a 12-match ban by the Football Association for "tarnishing the image of football" in the wake of his sending-off at Manchester City.
Barton had requested a personal hearing and on Wednesday an independent regulatory commission found the 29-year-old guilty of two counts of violent conduct. The controversial midfielder was shown a red card at the Etihad Stadium for elbowing Carlos Tevez, and he then kicked Sergio Aguero before attempting to headbutt Vincent Kompany.
The FA announced Barton received an automatic four-game suspension, with the additional eight matches a consequence of the manner of his dismissal. He was also fined £75,000. Club spokesman Ian Taylor said on Twitter: "QPR will be making no comment in regard to the Joey Barton case. Internal investigation will begin in due course."
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