Barton in the clear

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Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton will face no action for flicking out a hand at Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor on Monday night.

The Football Association have confirmed that referee Steve Bennett had not seen the incident, in which the 26-year-old caught the Villa man in the face after conceding a disputed free-kick.

However, having been asked to look again at Barton's actions, Bennett decided that the incident would not have resulted in a red card and therefore there were no grounds for a retrospective charge to be brought.

Barton, 26, who has a six-game suspended ban hanging over him following his training ground clash with former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo, was later booked for a foul on full-back Luke Young.

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