Joey Barton maintained his focus was on returning stronger to boost QPR's drive towards Barclays Premier League stability after accepting he deserved to be stripped of the club captaincy and fined six weeks wages for his sending off at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

Barton, 29, was hit with a lengthy suspension and fined £75,000 by a Football Association-appointed independent regulatory commission last month. He was dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez, then kicking out at Sergio Aguero as he left the pitch in the match on May 13, before aiming a headbutt in the direction of Vincent Kompany.

Although Barton will not be part of Mark Hughes' squad for the pre-season tour of Asia, the midfielder said in a series of Twitter posts: "I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half. I was stupid and that what happens when u [sic] do dumb things. I am confident ill [sic] bounce back. Cannot wait."

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