Rangers suspend Barton for three weeks

Date published: Monday 19th September 2016 10:57

Joey Barton

Rangers have confirmed Joey Barton has been suspended and told to stay away for the club for three weeks.

Barton ended a five-day enforced absence from the club with a meeting at Ibrox, where he is believed to have met manager Mark Warburton and board members.

After being asked if he was still a Rangers player as he left the stadium, Barton told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think so.”

However, the club then released a statement of their website which read: “Joey Barton has today been suspended by the club and will not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks.

“The manager, Mark Warburton, and club believe that time and space is required for both the club and the player to assess all that has happened.

“Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue.”

The 34-year-old confirmed last week that he was told to stay away from the club for several days in order to “re-evaluate the way I’m thinking” following a heated argument involving team-mate Andy Halliday in the wake of Rangers’ 5-1 defeat to Celtic.

Barton was absent as Rangers continued their indifferent start to the season with a goalless Ibrox draw against Ross County on Saturday.

Manager Mark Warburton refused to discuss the former Newcastle and Manchester City player’s situation after the game, describing it as an “internal matter”.

However, 24 hours earlier Barton had given an interview to talkSPORT in which he declared himself “as committed to Glasgow Rangers as the day I signed”.

He said on Friday: “We’re asked for an opinion and I’m someone who gives an opinion. Two passionate Rangers players have then shared opinions on how we get better as a team and what’s going wrong for us. It’s nothing more and nothing less than that.

“Obviously sometimes the way I communicate can be a bit blunt and a bit direct and it ruffles people’s feathers, which I know I have to work at, but I don’t apologise for trying to win. I care deeply about playing football.”

 

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