QPR manager Neil Warnock has launched a scathing attack on the Football Association’s disciplinary commission, describing the decision to uphold Joey Barton’s red card “farcical” and “scandalous”.
The west Londoners found out on Wednesday they had failed with their appeal to have Barton’s red card for violent conduct in Monday’s Premier League match against Norwich overturned.
Barton gave QPR an early lead at Loftus Road before getting involved in a tussle with Bradley Johnson and appearing to headbutt the Norwich midfielder.
The Rs captain claimed on Twitter the match officials had been “conned” and the club appealed his dismissal, which was rejected much to Warnock’s frustration.
The former Sheffield United manager said: “I am not surprised but it is difficult to accept when you see what [Clint] Dempsey did [recently] in comparison with Joey Barton. It is farcical, isn’t it?
“Whenever you see something happen on the field of play that warrants a red card, if the linesman sees that offence they flag and flag until the referee goes towards him, tells him what he has seen and then the lad is sent off.
“Now this linesman carried on and on and on and would not have stopped if Joey Barton had got the ball, gone past a few players and whacked it in the far post.
“We would have been 2-0 up and I find it absolutely impossible [to comprehend]. I know they have got to look after themselves but I feel really let down as a manager and a club that three invisible people can look at that and not look at the linesman and take that into consideration.
“If he did see it, why did he not flag immediately and keep his flag up?”
QPR are currently in 17th position in the top flight.