Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has been hit with a two-game touchline ban by the Football Association, as well as a £2,000 fine, for comments he made to a match official against Wycombe earlier this month.
Barton, who denies the charge, will miss the League One side’s next two matches against Ipswich and Blackpool as a result.
The charge comes after an independent regulatory commission proved Barton’s language towards a match official was deemed abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or questioned their integrity during Fleetwood’s 1-0 win at Wycombe on February 11.
An FA spokesperson said: “Joey Barton has been suspended from the touchline for two matches with immediate effect and fined £2,000 after a breach of FA Rule E3 was found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.
“The Fleetwood Town FC manager denied that his language towards a match official in the 94th minute of an EFL League One fixture against Wycombe Wanderers FC on Tuesday 11 February 2020 was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or questioned their integrity.”
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No action was taken against Barton, who has been sent off twice this season, for his post-match comments directed at referee Kevin Johnson following the conclusion of the contest – which Fleetwood won 1-0.
“I refuse to talk about [the standard of refereeing] because it was a disgrace in my opinion,” he said.
“I will only get fined and punished by the FA because that is the way the cookie crumbles when things like that happen.”