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Barton punched in face

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has been punched in the head outside a nightclub in his hometown in northern England.

QPR spokesman Ian Taylor says the 29-year-old Barton was attacked while in Liverpool with his girlfriend by two men who had been singing offensive chants at him early yesterday morning.

Merseyside Police say two 21-year-old men were arrested for a public order offence. Barton isn't pursuing a case.

The midfielder wrote on Twitter: ''I got sucker punched in the back of the head. Not injured as reported just a small bruise on rear of head/ear. I've had worse. Life goes on! Thanks for the concern. Have a good day people.''

Barton served 77 days in jail in 2008 after a street fight in Liverpool.