The Football Association have today released the following statement:
Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18-months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.
It was alleged that between 26 March, 2006 and 13 May, 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.
Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
Written reasons will follow in due course.
Joey Barton plans to appeal the length of this suspension.
A full statement from the player is HERE.
Burnley Football Club will make no further comment at this time.