Barton set to stay at QPR following probe into Etihad scuffle

The controversial midfielder is expected to be given a heavy fine by his club for his behaviour in the final day defeat at Manchester City in addition to his 12-match FA ban
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Joey Barton is set to stay at QPR following an internal investigation into his Etihad Stadium rage.

The London club are poised to release a statement on Monday afternoon explaining the outcome of their probe into his scuffle on the final day of last season.

The midfielder was infamously sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez, aiming a kick at Sergio Aguero and headbutting Vincent Kompany in the defeat against Manchester City.

Barton has already been hit with a 12 game FA ban for the tantrum and his club have been deciding what further punishment to hand the player.

But Rangers officials have been advised that they cannot sack Barton for gross misconduct. He is likely to be stripped of the club captaincy and receive a heavy fine.