With rivals like Ashley Cole and John Terry, it takes some talent to be acknowledged as the Premier League’s biggest knobhead for two years running.
So you have to tip your hat to Joey Barton, who makes being an absolute cock look so easy both on and off the pitch.
The all-round prat has been hit with a fine of six weeks wages by QPR, and has also been stripped of the club’s captaincy, following a review of his behaviour in Rangers’ last league game of the season at Manchester City. That would be the time he was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez and then trying to kill anyone in his way as he walked off the pitch.
The tool has already been banned for 12 games by the Premier League, and now QPR have placed the 29-year-old on a final warning after conducting their own internal investigation.
A club statement read: QPR can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks’ wages and will no longer be club captain.
If Barton seriously breaches the club’s disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the right to terminate his contract.
Barton, who is currently away being a cock on holiday, will not be part of Mark Hughes’ squad for their pre-season tour of Asia in mid-July, but still expressed his sorrow for being a big twat.
My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result, he said. I apologise to the manager, my teammates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.
Despite the apology, Barton is still ranked alongside former Premier League greats such as Robbie Savage in terms of all round twatishness.
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