Joey Barton continues row with Karl Henry

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QPR captain Joey Barton has no intention of defusing his verbal row with Wolves midfielder Karl Henry who he claims enjoys "trying to hurt people".

Barton was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge from Henry in the closing stages of QPR's 3-0 victory at Molineux on Saturday, and was also angered by heavy tackles from the same player when Wolves played Newcastle last season.

Although Barton has moved on from Newcastle to QPR over the summer, he and Henry have continued a spat which may continue until one backs down.

Barton is not planning to calm the situation down, telling Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday programme: "I don't want to.

"Every time I play against him he is non-existent. If he wants to carry it on, in my opinion it is not the shrewdest move because he obviously can't handle the situation."

Barton has labelled the Wolves player 'Kelvin', and claims the 28-year-old is deliberately malicious on the pitch.

"Kelvin Henry - he loves it, doesn't he," Barton said. "Always sticking his foot in and trying to hurt people. Why doesn't he do it when it is 0-0 in the game?

"He is chirping up all week saying he is going to do x, y and z to me and then he lets himself down massively by not even turning up on Saturday afternoons.

"He should concentrate more on playing and less on talking a good game."

Barton added: "Everything I read from him, I really don't like him. I'm going to go on record saying that.

"I know from his challenges on me that he doesn't like me - I'm not going to mince my words.

"He has gone out to make a name for himself in my opinion. He keeps doing these interviews saying he is this throw-back to this old-fashioned footballer.

"I've made challenges and I embrace the fact that there is a physical element to our game, but I think there is a fine line between being physical and actually going out to hurt people, to make a name for it.

"No-one knew Kelvin Henry before he started kicking lumps out of me in that game (last season)."

Barton scored QPR's opening goal on Saturday, and the 29-year-old also sparked controversy towards the end of the game by gesturing to the crowd, using his fingers to indicate the scoreline.

He defended his actions, saying: "I'm just having a laugh really. If they want to give me a little bit of verbals and make judgements on me, surely I'm allowed to tell them what score it is?"

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