Joey Barton slams FA for stopping him help great Grenfell cause

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

Former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has had his ban for breaking rules concerning betting on matches reduced by nearly five months on appeal, the English Football Association said on Thursday.

This morning, though, Barton has taken to Twitter to explain that, because the match is sanctioned by the FA, he is prohibited from taking part in it.

Barton's 18-month ban for placing bets on 1,260 football matches was reduced to 13 months on Thursday, meaning he will be free to play again on 1 June 2018.

Game4Grenfell will take place on September 2 at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road Stadium - just a mile away from the tower block. "So unfortunately, unless someone engages their brain, I won't make it".

'...but FA have decided my ban extends to helping a great cause.

Barton had hoped to join numerous former professional footballers and celebrities set to take part in the match, but has confirmed via a tweet on Friday that, as things stand, his suspension means he will not be able to participate.

The email read: 'Thank you so much for your generous offer to play in the GAME4GRENFELL.

He was later released by club Burnley, who said his departure was brought about by "obvious reasons" given he will miss the whole of the upcoming season.

The FA's Appeal Board said the initial ban was "excessive in the circumstances" as evidence from Barton's consultant psychiatrist about his addiction should not have been rejected.

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