Joey Barton joins Burnley - and has served his SFA ban

Joey Barton is free to play for Burnley. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Joey Barton is free to play for Burnley. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
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Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has rejoined Burnley on a deal until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.

The Clarets recently agreed a deal in principle for the player to sign for them in the January transfer window.

The issue had been complicated by a Football Association probe into alleged betting, with Barton facing a possible fine and suspension after being charged for allegedly placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

But Burnley announced shortly after Monday’s 2-1 loss at Manchester City that Barton’s return to the Turf Moor outfit had been finalised.

The Clarets also revealed the one-match suspension Barton - who left Burnley to join Rangers over the summer - was handed in November by the Scottish Football Association for breaching betting regulations has now been served.

A statement from the Premier League club read: “Burnley Football Club can confirm that following detailed discussions regarding the recent FA charge brought against Joey Barton, the club have now reached an agreement with the player and his representatives over a contract with the club until the end of the season.

“Barton becomes available for selection from January 3 after completing his registration in time to serve a one match suspension against Manchester City, as a result of a carry-over suspension passed down from the Scottish FA relating to a previous offence.”

Burnley’s next match is Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Sunderland.

Barton, who has until Thursday to respond to the English FA’s charge, helped Burnley win the Championship title last term.

And after a short and ill-fated spell north of the border, the 34-year-old then started training with the club again in November.