Updated: 23:40, Thursday May 24, 2012
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has been handed a 12-match ban for two counts of violent conduct in the final Premier League game of the season.
The 29-year-old - who has been in trouble on several occasions throughout his career both on and off the pitch - had eight matches added to the four-game suspension he had picked up already for being sent off in the final game of the season against champions Manchester City.
He was also fined STG75,000 ($A120,000).
The FA's regulatory panel had discretionary powers to further increase the length of the suspension if charges were found to be proven.
Barton's admission on Twitter that his violent actions were a cynical ploy to provoke a City player to be sent off saw those discretionary powers employed.
Barton insisted via Twitter on the day of his sending-off that he had not lost his head but that a teammate 'suggested I should try to take 1 of theirs with me'.
Barton was shown a red card for elbowing Carlos Tevez