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Troubled career of banned soccer player Joey Barton

LONDON (AP) Joey Barton has been suspended from all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect after the Burnley midfielder admitted to a Football Association misconduct charge related to betting.

It is the latest incident in the 34-year-old Barton's troubled career:

Dec. 2004: While at Manchester City, Barton stubs lit cigar in the eye of teammate Jamie Tandy during club Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by City.

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