Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has offered no defence of Joey Barton in the wake of the QPR midfielder being handed a 12-match ban.

The 29-year-old was handed the suspension following his red card and subsequent violent reaction in the club's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said Barton's conduct was "depressing" and had undone the player's attempt to improve his standing in the game, after a series of misdemeanours on and off the pitch. He told Sky Sports News: "You can't defend those actions, this was a game going out all over the world."

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