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27 July 2005 | ©

Joey Barton has been fined more than £120,000 by Manchester City after the club found him guilty of gross misconduct.

Barton has been reprimanded for his part in the incident in the team hotel on the recent Asia Trophy trip to Thailand.

The midfielder reacted badly to provocation from a group of Everton supporters and also lashed out at team-mate Richard Dunne after the defender tried to act as peacemaker.

The 22-year-old, who was sent home from the Far East on Friday evening, was fined eight weeks' wages by the Premiership club.

Barton's punishment includes two weeks' wages carried over from a suspended fine following a previous disciplinary hearing in December last year.

Then, the player was threatened with the sack and fined £60,000 after poking former team-mate Jamie Tandy in the eye with a lit cigar during the club's Christmas party.

The Liverpool-born midfielder has agreed to undertake a programme of rehabilitation in a bid to prevent such incidents arising again.

City spokesman Paul Tyrrell said: "Joey has expressed his deep and sincere remorse over the incident and is keen to make amends to this football club and our fans who expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players.

"He has apologised to those involved and has accepted his fine unquestioningly."

Barton added on the club's official website: "I understand the distress I have caused to everybody concerned and want to apologise for my actions.

"I am grateful for the support I have received from the club and my friends and family."

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