Barton: FA should be embarrassed by Terry punishment

The Marseille man feels that English football's governors have let the Chelsea captain off lightly given his own 12-game ban for lashing out at Manchester City players in May

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton fumed that the FA should be "ashamed of themselves" for only giving Chelsea captain John Terry a four-game ban after finding him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The former England captain was also fined £220,000 but has the option to appeal the punishments handed to him by English football's governing body within 14 days of receiving the written reasoning behind their verdict.

However, Barton feels infuriated by the decision as he believes that the 31-year-old has got off lightly, considering the punishment given to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez last season and his own 12-game ban for violent conduct against Manchester City last season.

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He wrote on Twitter: "4 games? A years worth of investigation, a four day FA hearing and only a 4 game ban? Suarez got 8 didn't he?

"Well I think that proves a lot. What an absolute farce. 12 games for violent conduct and only 4 for that. FA should be embarrassed.

"Ah well at least it's over and the people involved can move on with their careers. I was expecting at least a public execution after a year."

The midfielder is incensed that he got a more severe punishment after lashing out at several Manchester City players on the final day of last season.

He added: "12 games!!! By the FA's perverse reckoning, I'd of got less of a ban for racially abusing the Man City players than tickling them as I did.  In what circumstance can that be right?

"I'm not complaining because without the ban I might not be playing for Olympique d'Marseille. Every cloud and all that.

"Had a vivid dream last night involving Terry, a roaring crowd and a firing squad. Ah, not the turnout I expected."