Barton: I deserve to lose QPR 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.
The 29-year-old was hit with a 12-match ban and fined £75,000 by a Football Association-appointed independent regulatory commission last month after being 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.
Following their own internal investigation, QPR have now imposed further sanctions on the controversial midfielder, signed last summer on a lucrative four-year deal following a free transfer from Newcastle, and warned Barton his contract will be terminated for any further transgressions.
Barton, who is currently away on holiday, 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. I was stupid and that what happens when u [sic] do dumb things. I am confident ill [sic] bounce back. Cannot wait.
"That's all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half. Have a good day people. Thanks for all the lovely tweets of support. Speak soon xx."