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Rangers Suspend 'Bad Boy' Joey Barton For Three Weeks, Six Days

Rangers midfielder, Joey Barton has been suspended by his club for three weeks, six days after he was sent home from training following a heated argument with a team-mate.

The 34-year-old, who admitted he said some “inappropriate things” to fellow midfielder Andy Halliday, returned to Ibrox for a meeting on Monday.

A Rangers statement said the Scottish Premiership clubside and manager Mark Warburton felt all parties now needed “time and space”.

It added neither the club nor Barton would make “any further statement”.

Warburton was asked about the player at his media conference to preview Tuesday’s meeting with Queen of the South in the League Cup but refused to disclose whether or not Barton will continue to be paid during his suspension.

“It’s not for me to make any further comment other than what has been released by the club this morning,” he said.

“I’m sure you can understand that from my position and the position of the club.

“The environment we create for the players and the staff is about giving respectful opinion. I’ll never have a problem with a player knocking on my door to talk about a session.

“Do it in the right manner or else they’ll get a flea in their ear.

“It’s about being respectful with the way we deal with each other. I have no problem with players expressing opinions at all. It’s how you deliver the message which will always be key to myself and my staff.”

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