Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Five-day forecast

QPR rebel left without squad number

Joey Barton. Photo credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Joey Barton. Photo credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Thursday, August 16, 2012
9:13 PM

Joey Barton admits on Twitter he didn’t know his shirt had been given to new signing Ryan Nelson

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Barton took to Twitter this evening to express surprise regarding the loss of his Queens Park Ranger squad number.

The midfielder’s old number 17 shirt was given to summer signing Ryan Nelsen who joined from Tottenham.

Barton must serve a 12-game ban to start the season after his dismissal in the final match of last season against his former club Manchester City, and he has been stripped of the club captaincy.

Summer speculation that the 29-year-old would be sold or loaned out has so far come to nothing, but the new QPR squad list, announced on the club’s website, does little to suggest he has a future with the club.

“Heard my shirt numbers gone to someone else. News to me...” Barton wrote.

“Just come off the golf course so only just heard. A call would of been nice. Ah, well life goes on...” [sic]

Barton has been training with Fleetwood Town, the npower League Two newcomers, during pre-season and was linked with a loan move to the club.

It is understood the Football League would block the former Newcastle and Manchester City man joining one of its clubs on loan while his ban remains in place.

Tonight Barton was linked with a loan move to French giants Marseille by Sky Sports News, and Barton perhaps teasingly wished his Twitter followers “Bonne nuit” - French for “good night”.

Goalkeeper Rob Green has been handed the number one shirt, former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung will wear seven, with Adel Taarabt switching to 10.

Latest Championship league team news & match results

Share this article

submit to reddit submit to Fark

0 comments

Premier League table

<a href='http://www.football-scores-live.com/'>live football scores</a>
live football scores

LDN24 Promotions

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

WIN beer with Beer BingoTM

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Read full story »

The Week subscription offer

The Week magazine special offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Read full story »

Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung

DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES

London24 has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a free Amazon Kindle taster of Bird Box, the debut novel penned by Josh Malerman, frontman of Detroit based rock band The High Strung.

Read full story »