Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton  banned 12 games, fined

FA has handed down a 12-game ban and 25,000 fine to Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton for the assault against  former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo. Six of the 12 games are suspended until the end of the 2009-10 season. The four-man FA panel also ruled that the extra six games will be added if the football player is found guilty of a similar offence in the future. Barton has two week to appeal the verdict. The attack left Dabo, now of Lazio, with several cuts and bruises as well as a suspected detached retina. The France midfielder said the attack was so bad that it had left him "looking like the elephant man".


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