Barton ‘sorry’ for punch

Barton was caught on camera aiming a punch at the chest of the Blackburn midfielder as they won 2-1 at Newcastle on Wednesday, but the referee missed the incident at the time.

Barton said “I would like to apologise to [Magpies boss] Chris Hughton, my team-mates, our fans and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn,”