Joey Barton: Rangers ban midfielder for three weeks after row

Barton has played eight matches for Rangers this season

Barton has played eight matches for Rangers this season

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 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.

Moments after posting the statement, he published a tweet he later deleted reading: “Apologising doesn’t always mean that you’re wrong and the other person is right. It means you value your relationship more than your ego.”

The following day he gave a radio interview – which was not authorised by the club – in which he said he was sent home and Halliday was not because he also had a frank exchange of views with Warburton afterwards.

He described his suspension as “strange” and “wrong” and added he did not believe he had done anything to apologise for.

Barton joined Rangers in the summer on a two-year contract as a free agent, after turning down the offer of a contract extension at Burnley.

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