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Barton off on holiday Premier League footballer

JOEY BARTON is on his way to Portugal for a holiday today after being released from police custody last night following his arrest for affray.

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder (29) was involved in trouble in the early hours of yesterday morning while on a night out with his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre.

Barton was released on bail last night by Merseyside Police pending further inquiries.

Ronaldinho joins Mineiro

Former Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho has signed a short-term contract with Brazilian top-flight club Atletico Mineiro, just four days after his acrimonious split with Flamengo.

The 32-year-old walked out on Flamengo and alleged the club owed him 40 million reais (€15.7m) in unpaid wages and bonuses.

Atletico have signed him until the end of the year. He could make his debut tomorrow in a league match against Bahia.