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Hot-head Barton facing nine-game ban
Referee Mike Dean is about to send off Joey barton. Pic: AFP

Joey Barton could be hit with a nine-game ban after he was sent off during QPR's dramatic final day survival match against new Premier League champions Manchester City.

Barton was dismissed in the 55th minute after an off-the-ball incident in which he elbowed Carlos Tevez in the face after the City striker had hit out at him.

He exacerbated that foolish action by kicking City striker Sergio Aguero after being shown a red card by referee Mike Dean and is likely to face an extended ban next season after two more moments of madness in a career scarred by similar incidents.

QPR eventually lost 3-2 after conceding two stoppage-time goals and Barton conceded he had let his teammates down but, with Mark Hughes' side safe from relegation following Bolton's draw with Stoke, he quickly pointed the finger at Tevez in a series of posts on Twitter.

"Can do nothing but apologise to the players and the fans. Still don't think its a sending off," he wrote.

"The head was never gone at any stage, once I'd been sent off, one of our players suggested I should try to take 1 of theirs with me...Never worked but god loves a trier.

"Think a few people are forgetting Tevez started the fracas by throwing a punch to the head...?

"Still not my proudest moment but who gives a f…, we are safe..........and that is all that matters."

He added: "Right am off for a bit. Gonna enjoy QPR still being a Premiership club with all my team-mates. Cheerio people."

Later, Barton turned his Twitter attention to former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, who criticised Barton's actions.

Shearer, now a TV pundit, had a fractious relationship with Barton during his short spell as Newcastle caretaker manager at the end of the 2008/09 season, when the club was relegated from the premier League.

"I really don't like that p…., in fact I honestly despise him... Goodnight

"I'd take it off (fellow analysts Alan) Hansen and @GaryLineker but not from that bell, same fella that stamped on Neil Lennon, then threatened FA if they banned him that he would retire from international football. No sorry, not having him, never have. Selfish, boring ."