Sunday 25 September 2016

Joey Barton finally gets his Championship medal after embarrassing mix-up

Liam Blackburn

Published 09/05/2016 | 21:09

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates with a blow up trophy after winning the Sky Bet Football League
Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates with a blow up trophy after winning the Sky Bet Football League

Joe Barton has finally got his hands on a Championship winning medal following an embarrassing mix up at last night's victory parade in Burnley.

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Sky Bet Championship winners Burnley were presented with their trophy last night, but neither Barton nor James Tarkowski were awarded their medals due to an "administrative error".

The Clarets had been forced to wait to get their hands on the silverware despite winning the division at Charlton on Saturday following the Football League's controversial decision not to allow teams to lift the cup at opposition's grounds.

Having used an inflatable version at The Valley, Sean Dyche's squad were able to celebrate with their trophy in front of the steps to Burnley Town Hall on Monday evening but both defender Tarkowski and former England cap Barton, who were the last two introduced to the crowd, missed out on receiving their winners' medals.

Writing on their Twitter account, Burnley explained: "Burnley Football Club would like to apologise for the mix-up during the medal ceremony. (1/3) #Champions

"The Football League advised the club that 25 medals were to be presented, but the club put forward 27 players. (2/3) #Champions

"We would like to apologise to the @football_league for this administrative error and every player will be receive one. (3/3) #Champions"

A representative from the Football League had earlier been booed when introduced to the crowd before the players came out while Barton appeared uninterested in lifting the trophy when it was passed around following his snub.

But Barton revealed today that the issue has been resolved when he posted a picture on Instagram and said: "Me and Big Tarks finally got our medal... #champions #utc."

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