Barton has football ban reduced

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Former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton’s suspension from football for breaching betting rules has been reduced by almost five months after an appeal.

The 34-year-old’s ban now expires on 1 June 2018, instead of 25 October 2018.

He was banned in April after being charged with breaking FA rules for placing 1,260 bets on matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

Barton, who says he is addicted to gambling, appealed against the length of the ban which he called “excessive”.

The FA’s Appeal Board said the initial ban was “excessive in the circumstances” as evidence from Barton’s consultant psychiatrist should not have been rejected.

The reports said: “The Appeal Board also considers if that expert opinion had not been rejected there would have been significant further reduction in the period of suspension.”

Barton, whose fine of £30,000 remained unchanged, was released from Burnley in May.

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