Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/14/12
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Joey Barton has denied trying to deflect attention away from his behaviour at Manchester City as he waited to learn whether faced a nine-match ban. QPR midfielder Barton apologised again on Monday morning for his red card and subsequent actions in his side's 3-2 defeat on Sunday which marred City's sensational Barclays Premier League title win and their opponents' survival celebrations. Sunday night then saw Barton launch an expletive-laden attack on his former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer. But he denied accusations from presenter Gary Lineker that his attack on Shearer was an attempt to deflect attention away from his conduct. Barton posted on Twitter: "No deflections here mate. Think the fact about 100m people seen it will see to that. Just don't like how he gets personal..." He added: "Right enough about yesterday, I apologise to everyone offended by it. If that's not enough for some, so be it. Life is too short. "Things happen on th...
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