HUGHES TO DECIDE BARTON PUNISHMENT
Mark Hughes will decide what club punishment to hand down to captain Joey Barton for his conduct during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City, QPR owner Tony Fernandes said on Monday.
A tense final day of the season saw QPR avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League despite their loss, but the positive outcome for the Londoners was overshadowed by Barton's red card.
The controversial midfielder was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez and then kicked Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being escorted off the pitch by his team-mates.
The Rangers captain will now be banned for the Londoners' first four games next season but he could end up with a longer suspension - possibly up to nine matches.
Fernandes, who bought the club last summer, insists he will not get involved in determining any internal punishment QPR hand down to the 29-year-old.
"I will leave that to the manager and the chief executive (Phil Beard)," Fernandes told Sky Sports News.
"Now we just want to focus on the positives. It's a little bit early to talk about that.
"I will not step in. My goal at the club is to bring in the right infrastructure and the right people, I leave the manager to manage the players.
"Of course the board will be involved, but we will let him come to us and say: 'This is what I would like to do'."
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