In 2014, the FA introduced rules which restricted players from betting on any football event, regardless of their inclusion in the match. While it may seem fairly extreme, it’s not stopped all players from placing bets – particularly Joey Barton, who placed 1,260 of them.
Inevitably, the former Manchester City man has now been handed an 18-month ban which pretty much spells retirement for the 34-year-old. The Burnley midfielder has released a screenshot of his bets to the public, but were they actually any good?
Giorgos Samaras not to score (2006 v Fulham)
A banker. Barton's £5 stake returned £10.00.
Image Source: Goal
Himself to score first (2006 vs Fulham)
£3 in the bin. Of course this one didn't win. Image Source: TheScottishSun
Man City to beat Fulham (2006)
The Man City midfielder must have been feeling confident to place £600 on this one. They lost. Image Source: Youtube
Newcastle to beat Spurs (2008 League Cup)
With no involvement in this match, Barton went with a respectable £25 stake. His Newcastle teammates let him down. Image Source: ChronicleLive
Newcastle to beat Sunderland (2009)
A bet on the derby, why not? £5 on. Image Source: Twitter
Newcastle to win 2-1 (2009 v Sunderland)
Barton throws his betting slip away. That's £2 he'll never see again. Image Source: Twitter
Newcastle to beat Hull City (2009)
£5 to beat the newly-promoted Tigers. What is even the point of this bet? Wouldn't be returning much. Deserved to lose.
Image Source: Talksport
Newcastle to beat Nottingham Forest (2009)
Could the Geordies finally win their man a bet? Nope. -£22. Image Source: Youtube
Newcastle to beat Derby County (2009)
Part of a £50 accumulator. Golden rule: Never back your own team. Image Source: ChronicleLive
Newcastle to beat Stevenage and HT/FT (2011)
Against lower opposition in the FA Cup, Barton was in the starting XI. Stevenage made sure Barton lost his stake of close to £750.
Image Source: abc.net.au
QPR to beat Rochdale (2011)
After never winning a bet on Newcastle, it was time to trust the Rs with a £250 stake. It didn't end well.
Image Source: Picssr
QPR to beat Leeds (2014)
£250 single and £25 accumulator. The former Newcastle man had still not learnt. Image Source: Get West London
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It’s tough to understand how someone on a Premier League salary feels the urge to place bets of such small stakes. But whilst some selections and runs of fortune are quite funny, on a serious note, it highlights the seriousness of gambling and how it’s easy to lose.
This is a millionaire who was not just gambling money on games what he was involved in or connected to, he was also gambling a career as a footballer. Arguably, Barton is fortunate that serious action has only been taken now, when he is 34 years old, this is something that has been going on for over a decade. But in any case, despite claims of addiction, it’s difficult to show empathy for the suspended Premier League player.