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QPR's Barton: Crowd abuse will always be rife

QPR captain Joey Barton feels that crowd abuse will always be a part of the game, simply because it is too hard to monitor.

Following the weekend's North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal in which Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the subject of racist chants, there has plenty of talk about abuse from opposition spectators.

Today, Barton told Sky Sports News that it will go on unless those people guilty of hurling the abuse are actually reprimanded.

"It's just sort of been the norm for me [crowd abuse] from the age of 23 obviously through my own stupidity and just football in general," Barton said.

"It is a strange society we live in where a lot of things are not allowed to be said in normal atmospheres but in football grounds it's like anything goes.

"It is what it is. There's no point as a player sort of complaining about it because none of us can stop the 20, 30, 40,000 people whatever it may be singing what they sing or chanting what they chant.

"It is one of the disappointing aspects of the game but it is part and parcel of it and until there's an accountability probably it will continue for a long time."

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