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27 July 2005 | ©football365.com

Joey Barton will be sent to anger management classes in a last-ditch attempt to save his Manchester City career.

The midfielder will return to training on Wednesday to be told by City manager Stuart Pearce that he is to be given one last chance.

Barton was sent home from the Blues' trip to Thailand after a late-night altercation with a 15-year-old fan that ended with him biting the finger of teammate Richard Dunne when he tried to intervene.

The 22-year-old will be fined £80,000 for his trouble, £40,000 of which is suspended from disciplinary action taken at Christmas when he pushed a lit cigar into the eye of a youth-team player.

City are understandably reluctant to sack a player worth £2m, but he will be transfer-listed if he gets into any more trouble this season.



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