FA charge Barton for punching

2010-11-11 18:43

Newcastle - Joey Barton could be in trouble again after the Football Association charged the Newcastle midfielder with violent conduct on Thursday after he appeared to punch an opponent.

Barton struck Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach during Wednesday's match, sending the Norway midfielder to the ground.

The Football Association is able to review the incident because referee Michael Jones apparently missed it.

"You saw the pictures," Pedersen said after the match. "I don't want to speak much about it now."

Barton has previously stubbed a lit cigar in a youth player's eye, assaulted a 15-year-old fan, been fined and suspended while at Manchester City for assaulting a teammate and spent 77 days in jail in 2008 for an attack.

Barton has until 18:00 on Friday to respond to the charge. If he admits guilt, he will receive a standard three-match suspension. He could risk a longer ban if he fights the charge and loses.