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QPR's Barton takes fresh aim at FA over 12-match ban

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has taken aim at the FA over his 12-match suspension.

Barton is currently on loan with Marseille after picking up a 12-game ban for violent conduct in the final game of last season against Manchester City.

"The FA charged me for separate offences that took place in the same 25-second sequence," he said.

"Yet Pablo Mills [banned for six games for fighting while with Crawley Town] threw a number of punches but was charged for one offence. Paolo Di Canio [banned for 11 games in 1998 while playing for Sheffield Wednesday] fights a player, gets sent off, pushes the referee over, raises his hands to Nigel Winterburn...

"In the cold light of day, no-one was dead. Aguero got a dead leg. It self-evidently didn't affect him because 20 minutes later he was scoring the winner. Tevez and Kompany were fine."

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