Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was on Thursday afternoon charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after allegedly punching Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The 28-year-old has been charged by the FA after match referee Mike Jones viewed video evidence of the 50th-minute incident during Wednesday night's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat for the Magpies at St James' Park.
An FA statement said: "Newcastle United FC midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following an incident in his side's fixture with Blackburn Rovers FC on Wednesday, 10 November."
It continued: "Barton has until 6pm on Friday 12 November to reply to the charge and under the FA's fast-track regulations, may admit the charge and accept a standard three-match suspension."
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