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Barton: US visa refusal 'hypocrisy'.

Summary: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has described American authorities decision to deny him a visa as "hypocrisy".

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has described American authorities decision to deny him a visa as "hypocrisy".

The 28-year-old will now not be joining the club on its pre-season trip to the United States.

Newcastle said that Barton will instead link up with Peter Beardsley's reserves when they head for Holland.

In an official statement on the club's website he said: "I regret not being able to travel with the club on this trip, but at the same time, I don't expect to be treated any differently or more favourably than anyone else in a similar situation.

"All I can do is continue to improve as a person, which is what I intend to do."

But Barton also took to Twitter to question the decision by the United States Embassy: "Visa story is correct, they told me am not allowed in until I have 5yrs without any trouble. 3yrs down, 2yrs to go...Totally hypocrisy considering what they get up to, but rules are rules...."

Barton was given a six-month jail sentence after admitting assault and affray in 2008. He has tried hard to tackle the problems that have landed himself in trouble. He has sought the help of the Sporting Chance clinic and spoken frankly after the ongoing battle with his demons.

The news will also come as a blow to manager Alan Pardew as he faces the prospect of having to do without a key member of his squad for a significant part of his preparations for the new campaign.

Newcastle will play three games in America against Sporting Kansas on Wednesday, July 20, Orlando City three days later and Columbus Crew on Tuesday, July 26.

Barton will instead work towards his match fitness in the second string's clashes with Hollandia, FC Utrecht and Almere City.

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