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Barton has pop at QPR

Joey Barton believes that QPR never really accepted him and that his move to West London from Newcastle was just for the money. Barton was sent on loan to French club Marseille from QPR after the controversial player was banned for 12 games following incidents in the last game of the season at Manchester City.

He told the Sunday Times: "I walked into QPR and straightaway thought 'this isn't right'. I'd left a club I loved, Newcastle, and I knew I'd come for money and think I was always uneasy from that moment on."

"The analogy is, I pulled the baseball bat out through my own stupidity. The FA took it and beat me. I thought QPR would, rightly, chastise me but they picked the bat off the ground and continued the beating. I was no longer the marquee signing. I was a commodity whose stock had dwindled."

He also attacked QPR's spending priorities saying: "On my first captain's list was 'six plugs' because the players - at a Premier League club - were plugging up the baths with tissue paper. Tinpot stuff. They were paying people massive money but not spending on the basics."

He added: "My slate's never going to be clean but I think I've found a football club (Marseille) who love me for being a bit of a rogue."

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