Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been banned for 18 months after being found guilty of gambling charges.

The 34-year-old was also fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct after being charged with breaking FA rules for placing 1,260 bets on matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

He confessed to having a gambling problem to which he is seeking help. According to statements on his website he apologized for his breach on rules but he felt the punishment was excessive.

Barton confessed that since 2004, he placed “over 15,000 bets staking an average of £150 per bet.He stated further that between 2004 and 2011 several bets were placed on his own team to lose but added he was not involved in the match-day squad in any of those instances.

“I had no more ability to influence the outcome than had I been betting on darts, snooker, or a cricket match in the West Indies,” said Barton.

“On some of those occasions, my placing of the bet on my own team to lose was an expression of my anger and frustration at not being picked or being unable to play.

“I have never placed a bet against my own team when in a position to influence the game, and I am pleased that in all of the interviews with the FA, and at the hearing, my integrity on that point has never been in question.”

Barton was sacked by Rangers after breaching Scottish league betting rules and having a fall out with Manager Mark Waburton.

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