Barton: FA should be embarrassed by Terry punishment

The Marseille man feels that the governing body have let off the Chelsea captain lightly as he was given a 12-game ban after lashing out at Manchester City players last season

Olympique de Marseille midfielder Joey Barton says the FA should be "ashamed of themselves" for only giving Chelsea captain John Terry a four-game ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The former England captain was also fined over €275,000, but has the option to appeal all the punishments given to him by English football's governing body.

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

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

"Well I think that proves a lot. What an absolute farce. Twelve games for violent conduct and only four 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: "Twelve games!!! By the FA's perverse reckoning, I'd have 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 de 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."