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​Burnley release banned midfielder Barton

Joey Barton has been released from his second spell at Burnley.

The Englishman was recently banned for 18-months by the FA after being caught placing bets on football matches.

The 34-year old joins Michael Kightly as the out-of-contract players to be leaving the club so far this summer.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche commented: "Joey leaves us for the obvious reasons after he has again been a big part of what we have achieved this season

"Equally, Kights has been a great servant of the club and always a tremendous person to have around the group.

"Both players have had a big effect on what we have done during their time at Turf Moor and we wish them well, as we do all those leaving this summer."

Talks with other out-of-contract players George Boyd and former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson will continue this month.

Andrew Maclean
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