BURNLEY midfielder Joey Barton has been banned from football for 18 months after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting.
The 34-year-old has been fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct after an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,
Barton plans to appeal against the length of the suspension.
He was charged with breaking FA rules after placing 1,260 bets on matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.
Players in England’s top eight tiers are banned from betting on football.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle player rejoined Burnley in January, having left Scottish Premiership side Rangers in November.
In the same month, he was given a one-match ban for breaking Scottish Football Association rules on gambling.
Barton admitted the Scottish FA charge of placing 44 bets between 1 July and 15 September 2016, while he was a player at Ibrox.
SOURCE: BBC SPORT