QPR midfielder Joey Barton has accepted one charge of violent conduct from the Football Association but denied another in a bid to avoid a double-digit ban.
Barton’s admission relates to his kick on Sergio Aguero following his red card against Manchester City on Sunday. His denial relates to an apparent attempt to headbutt Vincent Kompany seconds later.
The Rangers star has requested a personal hearing to explain his defence to the FA’s disciplinary panel, who could find him guilty regardless.
He is likely to be suspended for at least seven games, but the panel has the power to levy a tougher sanction. The club has also launched a probe into the incident.