Joey Barton has revealed he plans to sue the Daily Star on the grounds of libel.
The professional footballer took to Twitter this morning (July 31st) to reveal his intention to take legal action against the newspaper over an article it published today entitled 'Joey Barton's A Big Lard'.
Within the piece, it is claimed the Queens Park Rangers midfielder - who will miss the start of the 2012-13 Premier League due to a 12-match suspension after being sent off in the club's final game of last season - is concerned he has put on too much weight over the summer.
The report alleges that the 29-year-old told locals at Fleetwood Town - where he is completing a pre-season fitness regime - he is "worried" he has "become a fat blob since the end of the season".
However, Barton has hit back at the media outlet by labelling the story "balderdash" and "absolute lies".
"Not my style but because u (sic) have quoted me and it's complete lies, I'll have to sue," he added.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson