QPR's Joey Barton: 'Rio Ferdinand's three-match ban is a disgrace'

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that Rio Ferdinand's three-match ban for an offensive tweet is a "disgrace" by the FA.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has described the Football Association's decision to ban teammate Rio Ferdinand for three matches over an offensive tweet as a "disgrace".

The former Manchester United defender described a Twitter user's mother as a "sket" after said user indicated on the social networking website that QPR's centre-backs were no good.

Today, Barton tweeted, "3 games and £25k for a tweet? Come on," which prompted a reply from Ferdinand, who said: "its a Tepid tweet....3games. im not even going to hashtag it!!"

Barton continued his conversation with Ferdinand by saying: "I have said way worse I am sure. Don't understand how you can be banned from football. It's nothing to do with it.

"It's an absolute disgrace. They have set a dangerous precedent now. Looking forward to seeing them police this? #muppets."

The midfielder then addressed his 2.75 million followers by tweeting: "Can someone from the @FA send me a list of offensive, ban incurring words that I can't use online and the requisite bans attached to each."

It has not yet been confirmed whether Ferdinand will appeal the suspension.

Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Nikica Jelevic of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014
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