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    St Retford wrote:
    mayfly wrote:
    St Retford wrote: How can a 12 match ban be the heaviest since a 10 match ban. Surely 12 is more than 10?
    Excellent debate. I am a Manchester born Manchester City fan. Maybe you guys will remember when Barton was playing for City. He carried out some cowardly and serious acts of violence against his own team-mates off the field of play presumably because he is inately a cowardly scum-bag. You can take the man out of the back streets of Liverpool but you can't take the back streets of Liverpool out of the man. No disrespect to Liverpool per se but life in the back streets of many cities in the UK are tough and it breeds tough people. It's a great shame that Barton's undoubted footballing talents are being wasted by his own inability to conduct himself like a mature professional footballer. For me the three incidents were no more than minor happenings in a contact sport in which nobody actually got hurt. It was a showcase match being watched by the world and Barton's idiocy brought shame to the English Premiership. I don't admire Tevez for making too much of being pushed/slapped or whatever. Tevez did as much to invite the reaction from Barton. All very childish. Sticking his knee into the back of Aguero's knee to make him collapse is the sort of thing that Barton probably did all the time to other kids in the playground. Again all very childish. Of course Aguero made the most of it. Don't they all? Feigning the head-butt at Balotelli (?) as he was walking off was the silliest of the three incidents. After a lifetime of petty thuggery on and off the field of play he really deserves all the punishment coming to him for the following reasons: (1)Badly letting down his profession and his club once again and with the world watching. (2)Wasting his footballing talent with his incessant posturing thuggery and pettiness. (3)Failing to see what an adverse impact he is having on young footballer players throughout the land. If QPR sack him some other club will pick him up for sure because (sadly) morals do tend to take a back seat in the professional game. Barton is not alone in failing to appreciate just how lucky he is to be able to perform a talent at the highest level and get payed lots of money for doing it. He is a complete fool.
    Do you live in Southampton now? That's spooky, because I'm a Southampton-born Southampton fan now living in Manchester. Personally, I didn't think the whole Barton thing was that bad. It was handbags, frankly. If it had happened in rugby (and it does all the time) it would have been laughed off as a 'bit of nonsense'.
    Yes St Retford I come from Sale which is just down the road from Stretford as you will know. I have been in the south for a long time now and I have been a Saints season ticket holder for several years. I wanted some live football when I came down here but strangely never felt an urge to watch Pompey. I have nothing against Pompey but my views on Manure are probably similar to the views of the average Saints fan on Pompey. That's the way it goes.
    When City come to town I shall be sitting on my hands hoping for an exciting 5-5 draw.
    Do you get to see Man City?"
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Joey Barton handed heaviest FA punishment since David Prutton's Southampton ban

Referee Alan Whiley attempts to stop David Prutton confronting his assistant during Saints' home match against Arsenal in 2005

Referee Alan Whiley attempts to stop David Prutton confronting his assistant during Saints' home match against Arsenal in 2005

First published in Saints News

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.

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