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Man City `mooner' Joey Barton admits improper conduct

AP , MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Manchester City's Joey Barton, front, and Trevor Sinclair celebrate after Micah Richards scored against Everton during their soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Sept. 30.

PHOTO: AFP

Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has admitted an improper conduct charge for dropping his shorts in front of rival fans and faces a fine or suspension today.

Barton, who has a history of disciplinary problems, exposed his backside to Everton's fans after last week's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. The Football Association said yesterday he'd admitted the charge.

The incident happened at the end of the game after Barton had been taunted by the fans. Man City says it hopes that the FA accepts there was no malice in his actions.

"The player accepts that some elements of his behavior following the game with Everton were ill-advised and he apologizes to anybody who may have felt offended,'' City spokesman Paul Tyrrell said on Saturday.

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