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Joey Barton Charged For “Punch” By The FA

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The combative midfielder appeared to punch Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

Barton lashed out at Pedersen with a blow to his stomach that caused the Norway international to fall to the ground.

He may have escaped a card from referee Michael Jones but he could not hide from the FA, which could leave the player open to a retrospective action.

Barton has until 6pm on Friday 12 November to reply to the charge. Under The FA’s fast-track regulations he may admit the offence and accept a standard three-match suspension.

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