FA Stop Joey Barton From Playing In Grenfell Tower Charity Game

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At least 80 people died when fire took hold of the tower block in Kensington, west London on June 14, with insulating cladding blamed for helping the flames leap up the walls.

Joey Barton's betting ban has been reduced by nearly five months on appeal, which means that should he opt not to retire, Barton will be eligible to play for any club by the 1st June 2018 - giving him an outside chance of returning to professional football.

More information about the match can be found HERE.

In response to the tragedy, Queens Park Rangers will host a charity football match, which will see famous stars compete in a "Game4Grenfell".

Barton, who says he is addicted to gambling, appealed against the length of the ban which he called "excessive".

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But Barton has been told his ban for betting offences, which was yesterday reduced from 18 months to 13 months, also applies to the charity game.

And the FA have made a decision to uphold the ban even for a charity match - something Barton slammed on social media.

While the midfielder's ban was reduced by five months on Thursday, it seems the FA are not in a charitable mood in allowing the former England worldwide to compete in the match, despite it being for a worthy cause. So unfortunately, unless someone engages their brain, I won't make it'.

"Thank you so much for your generous offer to play in the Game4Grenfell", it read.

Former Manchester City midfielder, Joey Barton, has expressed his disappointment at the English FA over their refusal to allow him partake in a charity football match. "I'm also really looking forward to dusting off my boots, nutmegging Ferdinand and smashing some goals past (former England goalkeeper David) Seaman on September 2nd".

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