Rangers ban midfielder for 3 weeks
RANGERS have suspended Joey Barton for three weeks, six days after he was sent home from training following a heated argument with a team-mate.
The 34-year-old, who admitted he said some “inappropriate things” to fellow midfielder Andy Halliday, returned to Ibrox for a meeting on Monday.
A Rangers statement said the club and manager Mark Warburton felt all parties now needed “time and space”.
It added neither the club nor Barton would make “any further statement”.
The verbal altercation between Barton and Halliday came as Rangers players reviewed their 5-1 loss to Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic.
Initially told to stay away from the club until Monday, Barton released a statement on Thursday in which he acknowledged he “did overstep the mark”.
“Some of the things I said were inappropriate and for that I apologise unreservedly,” he wrote.
He added he did not feel staying away from training was necessary.