'Gutted' QPR skipper Joey Barton apologises for red card
QPR captain Joey Barton says he is "gutted" to have been sent off in Saturday's defeat at Hull and has apologised for his "stupid reaction".
Barton was shown a first-half red card in the 2-1 loss after a shove on Hull defender Alex Bruce was followed by a swing at Tom Huddlestone's groin.
"I've apologised to the lads and would like to apologise to all QPR fans who travelled today," Barton tweeted.
The defeat leaves QPR above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Barton, who has now been sent off nine times in his career, continued: "I've let my team-mates down and being someone who puts the team above everything else I'm gutted about that."
|Most cards per game - Premier League 2014/15|
|Player||Games played (min. 10)||Total cards||Cards per game|
The Hoops skipper, who was on a Premier League record run of seven consecutive yellow cards, initially looked like he was acting as peacemaker after a foul by QPR debutant Darnell Furlong on Nikica Jelavic.
But after pushing Bruce, a second lunge at Huddlestone saw him sent-off by referee Anthony Taylor in the 32nd minute.
QPR were 1-0 down at the time and though Charlie Austin equalised before half-time, a late strike from Dame N'Doye gave Hull three points.
"I've tried to prevent Hull's players influencing the referee as you can see by me pushing Bruce away," the former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder tweeted.
"My actions towards Huddlestone were certainly not malicious, it was a stupid reaction to being barged but I can appreciate it wasn't right."
Hull's Huddlestone played down the incident after the game, saying: "Barton has done a reaction people do dozens of time in the week in training, when there is no malice in it. But the referee was right there and he saw it."
|Feb 2004 - while playing for Manchester City receives the first of nine red cards in career|
|Dec 2004 - Fined eight weeks' wages for stubbing out lit cigar in eye of team-mate|
|June 2005 - Fined eight weeks' wages for 'gross misconduct' during altercation with fan|
|May 2008 - Jailed for six months for common assault and affray in Dec 2007|
|July 2008 - Given four-months suspended jail sentence and 12-match ban, six suspended, for assaulting City team-mate in May 2007|
|Nov 2010 - Banned for punching Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen|
|May 2012 - 12-match ban for violent conduct playing for QPR against Man City|
|May 2013 - Given a two-match suspended ban while playing for Marseille for describing PSG defender Thiago Silva as looking like "an overweight ladyboy"|
QPR manager Chris Ramsey said he would review the incident before deciding if QPR would appeal, but added that Barton would be a big loss as Rangers battle against relegation.
Barton - who has made 19 appearances in the top flight this season - could now miss QPR's next three Premier League matches against Arsenal, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
"There was a bit of a melee and obviously the referee saw something that wasn't legal, and he has sent Joey off," Ramsey said. "He is a wholehearted player. He's more disappointed for the boys, and he is a massive player for us.
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"It's always difficult when you have players who have that bit of edge, and trying to get their emotional control is the thing we need to get under wraps.
"I'm sure if the incident isn't a good one when we review it, Joey will be the first one to put his hand up and admit that he probably should have acted in a different manner.
"I would rather look at it in the cold light of day when tempers and emotions have calmed down, then discuss it with the player at that point."
Barton has now received a total of 77 cards in the Premier League - 71 yellows and six reds - and ranks sixteenth in the list of the league's most carded players, 30 behind leader Gareth Barry, who has 102 yellows and five reds.