Rangers ban mid­fielder for 3 weeks

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

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.

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