Burnley release banned Barton after betting charge
REUTERS - Premier League club Burnley have released midfielder Joey Barton, a month after he received an 18-month ban from the English Football Association (FA) over a charge for breaking rules concerning betting on matches.
Barton was released from Scottish side Rangers in November after multiple suspensions related to disciplinary and betting issues. He rejoined Burnley on a short-term deal in January and scored once in 18 appearances before being banned.
Midfielder Michael Kightly was also released by the club after being loaned out to Championship side Burton Albion in January.
"Joey leaves us for the obvious reasons after he has again been a big part of what we have achieved this season," Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club's website.
"Equally, 'Kights' has been a great servant of the club and always a tremendous person to have around the group.
"Both players have had a big effect on what we have done during their time at Turf Moor and we wish them well, as we do all those leaving this summer."
Burnley, who Barton helped secure promotion to the top flight in 2016 before he moved to Rangers, finished 16th in the standings to secure a second consecutive season in the Premier League for the first time.
(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien)