- 2.1 suspension
- 2.2 imprisonment
At a young age Barton started playing in the youth teams of FC Everton. At the age of 14, he was released from the youth ranks and tried to find a new club. When Barry Poynton, a former Everton scout heard of this circumstance, he invited a Barton to Manchester City. After a first trial he made a good impression and was accepted. In 1999 he first came to use in the U-17 team and already in the 2000 /01 season he made his debut in the reserve team of Manchester. After rising and consistent performances he belonged from 2002/ 03 to the first team of the Citizens.
His first competitive use in the professional team of Manchester City he had on 5 April 2003 against Bolton Wanderers. The first goal in the Premier League he scored two weeks later, on April 18, 2-0 his team against Tottenham Hotspur. After a good start in the professional league, he signed a new one-year contract for 2003/ 04. This season he became the starting players and performers, which earned him a nomination of the cadres of the U-21 national team for the European Championship qualifiers against Macedonia and Portugal.
In the FA Cup match against Tottenham Barton received his first red card: During a battle of words with the referee at half-time break showed that Barton red, even though the game was just broken. After his team was behind already 0:3, the tide turned after Barton's sending off and Manchester won 4:3.
When he was not considered on 17 April 2004, ie in league play after the FA Cup, against FC Southampton, he angrily left the City of Manchester Stadium. At the end of the season he was selected by the club supporters as the "Best young professional of the year". On 22 September 2004 he signed a new contract until 2007. Having in January 2006, Middlesbrough FC had expressed interest in the defensive player, prolonged Manchester in July his contract another four years.
But instead of keeping the loyalty of Manchester City, Barton moved to 2007/ 08 for a transfer fee of 5.8 million pounds to Newcastle United. Until recently, even West Ham United had commanded the services of the player. Already on 17 July 2007 he was in a friendly against Hartlepool United his debut for the Magpies. Shortly after an injury threw him back and he could only begin again in October the workout. On 22 October 2007 for Newcastle he then gave his Premier League debut when he came on as a substitute in the 3-1 win against Tottenham. During his first Tyne -Wear derby, the derby between Newcastle and Sunderland, he fouled his opponent Dickson Etuhu so brutal that the media called the final suspension of professionals. The FA decided against a reaction and a short time after the game Barton apologized for his error.
In December of the same year he attacked physically fans who had previously insulted and Team Manager. For this behavior he was sentenced in May 2008 to six months in prison, but was released after 74 days (see: sentence ). Despite his detention, from May to July 2008, he was given a new chance with his previous employer.
On 10 November, he was banned for three games after he beat his fist in the ribs in the game against Blackburn Morten Gamst Pedersen the Norwegians.
Queens Park Rangers
In August 2011, Barton moved free transfer to Queens Park Rangers during the current season before the end of the transfer window. Previously, he had attacked his opponent Gervinho after an alleged swallow during a match of Newcastle against Arsenal. Gervinho received after a blow with the open palm against Barton red card. Barton received only a yellow card despite the attack of the opponent lying on the ground. On the final day of the Premier League 2011/12 season against Manchester City Barton received after assaulting Carlos Tevez again red a few seconds after the sending off, he joined Sergio Aguero in the thigh. Barton was criticized for not taking his team in an important phase in the fight against relegation in the lurch. At the end of the season Barton has been demonstrated for his offense in the game against Manchester City from the English Association with a record lock of 12 games.
On August 31, 2012 Barton moved for one year on loan to the French first division club Olympique Marseille.
On February 2, 2007 Barton was appointed to the selection of the English national football team for the international match against Spain on 7 February. There he made his international debut when he came on in the 78th minute for Frank Lampard.
Barton caught in the course of his career often attention through misbehavior off the field. So he pressed for example at a Christmas party a youth player a cigar in the eye. He also had a tournament in Thailand, where he participated with his team, to leave early because he was involved in a fight with an opposing fan. As a result of these events, he underwent therapy for anger management.
On 3 May 2007, he was suspended by his club (Manchester City). He had his team-mate Ousmane Dabo beaten hospitalized during training.
On 5 May 2009 he was again, now suspended by his club Newcastle United.
27 December 2007 Barton was arrested in downtown Liverpool in common with a 19 -year-old man and a 27- year-old woman. They had beaten a passer-by at a bus stop and had been filmed by a surveillance camera. After a preliminary hearing in Liverpool on 28 December Barton remained in custody. A second court date was set for January 3, 2008. On 20 May 2008 he was convicted by a Liverpool court to six months in prison and 2,500 pounds in damages. 74 days later he was released from the detention center.