QPR legend urges club to sack Joey Barton

QPR legend Paul Parker has urged the club to sack Joey Barton.

Parker told West London Sport in January he believed R’s boss Mark Hughes – his former Manchester United team-mate – should strip Barton of the Rangers captaincy.

And he has told the Daily Star on Sunday the controversial midfielder ought to be kicked out of Loftus Road altogether following a violent outburst against Manchester City.

Parker said: “People are saying that Barton should be stripped of the captaincy. But I would go much, much further than that and actually sack him. That should be allowed because his latest actions were such a disgrace.

“It wasn’t long ago that he was claiming to be England’s best midfielder. I would say all he has proved to everyone is that he is England’s biggest-ever football thug.

“His actions were so selfish in such an ­important game for his club. But it’s not just that which winds me up – it’s the fact he is given another chance when he keeps letting people down.

“He is an adult, not a baby. He claims he is a changed man and is trying to rehabilitate himself – but it’s just a smokescreen. If you did what he did in the street you would be sent to prison.

“I actually believe that, deep down, none of his QPR team-mates will want to play with him. I think the world of QPR and that club deserve better people than him pulling on the shirt.”

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