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Joey Barton handed heaviest FA punishment since David Prutton's Southampton ban
8:41am Thursday 24th May 2012 in Sport
QPR captain Joey Barton was yesterday handed a 12-match ban by the Football Association following his red card at Manchester City on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season.
It is the highest Football League suspension since Saints midfielder David Prutton was handed a 10-game suspension for pushing a match official during a game against Arsenal at St Mary’s in 2005.
Here, Echo Sport takes a look back at some of the game's longest suspensions.
LUIS SUAREZ The Liverpool striker was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 by the Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra earlier this season.
ERIC CANTONA The controversial United forward was handed a nine-month suspension from all football and ordered to complete 120 hours of community service following an infamous kung fu kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons at Selhurst Park in 1995.
MARK BOSNICH Australian goalkeeper Bosnich was suspended for nine months in April 2003 following a positive drugs test for cocaine, with his contract at Stamford Bridge cancelled.
RIO FERDINAND England defender Ferdinand was handed an eight-month ban in December 2003 after he missed a drugs test, ruling the Manchester United centre-back out of Euro 2004.
PAOLO DI CANIO Italian striker Di Canio, now manager at Swindon, chalked up an 11-match suspension and a £10,000 fine in September 1998 after he pushed over referee Paul Alcock when at Sheffield Wednesday in a Premier League match against Arsenal.
VINNIE JONES Self-confessed football hardman Jones courted controversy with a video in which he revelled in over-the-top tackles, which landed him a six-month ban, suspended for three years in November 1992 and also a then-record £20,000 fine by the FA.
ROY KEANE Keane received a five-match ban and a £150,000 fine in October 2002 for comments made about Manchester City's Alfie Haaland in his autobiography.
DAVID PRUTTON Southampton midfielder Prutton was punished with a 10-game ban and fined £6,000 by the FA after shoving referee Alan Wiley following his red card against Arsenal in 2005.
PAUL DAVIS In 1988, Arsenal midfielder Davis was banned for nine games after punching Southampton's Glenn Cockerill.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY TRIO Sheffield Wednesday players David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay were banned for life in 1965 - punishments which were lifted after seven years - after it emerged they had bet on their own team to lose. All three were jailed.