Joey Barton to return to football earlier than expected after ban reduced

Appeal

Former Burnley player Joey Barton has had his football ban for breaking betting regulations reduced by almost five months after an appeal.

The Englishman was banned back in April after it was found that he had placed 1,260 bets on matches between March 2006 and May 2016.

The offences also included games that the midfielder was playing in, leading to a hefty ban from all football.

Barton and his team appealed the decision and explained that his ban was ‘excessive’.

Now, that appeal has been accepted and the player has shaved almost half a year off his footballing ban.

Regardless of the time shaved off his ban, the player will still have to pay the fine which equates to the amount of £30,000.

Barton was released from Burnley back in May after his ban was confirmed and will remain without a club.

Burnley’s latest signing

With Barton out of Burnley, life goes on at Turf Moore.

Having sold Michael Keane to Everton the clubs latest signing comes in the form of Charlie Taylor. 

Burnley will certainly be hoping to do better before the transfer market comes to a close.