Tevez escaped red in Barton clash
Referee Mike Dean says he would have sent off Carlos Tevez if he had seen Manchester City player's attempt to strike Joey Barton.
Barton was shown a red card and subsequently received a record 12-match ban from the Football Association for his actions in Queens Park Rangers' 3-2 defeat to City in the final round of the English Premier League season.
During a regulatory commission's investigation into the incident, in which Barton elbowed Tevez, used his knee to strike Sergio Aguero and also attempted to head butt Vincent Kompany, Dean confirmed he would have dismissed Tevez if he had seen the initial provocation.
Commission chairman B.M Jones said: "Mr Dean was questioned about the Tevez incident for which Mr Barton was dismissed.
"It was confirmed that neither the referee nor the assistant saw the alleged incident of Mr Tevez striking Mr Barton, although Mr Barton immediately made representations to Mr Dean that is what happened, and such comments by Mr Barton can be clearly seen in the video.
"The commission accept that Mr Barton was aggrieved by the action of Mr Tevez and Mr Dean confirmed that had the incident been seen by the officials as shown by the clip supplied by Mr Barton, it would have been an automatic red card.
"The commission find that this does not however excuse the subsequent action by Mr Barton in relation to Messrs Kompany or Aguero."
Barton, meanwhile, will not appeal against his 12-match ban and 75,000-pound fine. QPR have announced they will be carrying out their own investigation into the incident.
A statement from his club read: "Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm it has now started a full internal investigation in relation to Joey Barton's dismissal and subsequent events against Manchester City on the final day of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.
"The QPR midfielder will not appeal against the independent regulatory commission's decision made on Wednesday and he and his team are now working in full cooperation with the club to assist in the internal investigation.
"The club expects the investigation to last at least two weeks.
"During this period, no one from the club or Joey Barton himself will make any further comment."