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​Burnley boss Dyche questions length of Barton ban

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says Joey Barton's 18-month ban for breaching betting rules is "harsh".

The 34-year-old midfielder received the punishment on Wednesday after admitting a Football Association charge.

"Eighteen months seems a long time to me in light of other things I've seen in the sport," said Dyche.

"Eric Cantona was given a nine-month ban for a kung-fu kick."

Dyche confirmed Barton, who re-joined Burnley from Rangers on a short-term deal in January, will not be offered a new contract in the summer.

"We thought there was a chance, of course [of this happening]," added Dyche. "We're not naive. Joey understood that. On the football side of things we didn't want it to get in the way of thinking he was a worthwhile player to bring back. We wanted to get on with it, give him a platform and he's done that."


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