Barton: I deserve to lose captaincy

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Joey Barton admitted he was "reckless and stupid" after being stripped of the QPR captaincy and fined six weeks wages for his sending off against Manchester City on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

The 29-year-old was hit with a 12-match ban and fined £75,000 by the FA last month after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez, then kicking out at Sergio Aguero as he left the pitch before aiming a headbutt in the direction of Vincent Kompany. Following their own internal investigation, QPR have now imposed further sanctions on the controversial midfielder.

Barton apologised in a statement on the club's official website, which he later expanded on in a series of Twitter posts, he said: "I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received. Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts."

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Manchester City
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