The Football Association have said they will wait for referee Atkinsonâ€™s report of the game, before deciding whether to take any action against Joey Barton, for an incident that occurred during yesterday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Apparently the Newcastle United combative midfielder caught Dickson Etuhu with his studs just before half time in yesterdayâ€™s game with Sunderland.
Joey Barton – his history goes before him unfortunately
Referee Martin Atkinson did not see the incident, but the reporters on Setanta TV at half time went down and told Martin what had happened and asked if he was going to do anything about it. How about that for stirring things up? Martin said he hadnâ€™t seen the incident and wouldnâ€™t do anything about it.
This is nothing more than Joey Bartonâ€™s history going before him. But Joey has to realize this is all happening because of past events, and he is responsible for that. Itâ€™s still unfair to Joey however.
An FA spokesman said:
“We will be looking to clarify with the referee whether he saw the incident or not.â€
“If not we will review the incident.”
We are not big fans of the FA, because we think they have shown no courage or backbone in most things they have done, including the selction of Sven Eriksson’s successor. We think they’d be better off spending their time searching for an England manager who is good enough to lead England to future glory, rather than wasting their time on this type of nonsense. Are we biased about this? – you bet we are.
If the FA does step in, then Barton could be charged with violent conduct, which would result in a three-match ban if found guilty. Wouldn’t some people just love that. However, it was very good to see Sunderland manager Roy Keaneâ€™s comments after the game, which supported Joey.
“I am not going to get bogged down by a tackle that was slightly high.â€ “That happens in these games, a lot of them are mistimed.â€
“You give and you take. Dickson is a tough lad. He is alive in that dressing room, he won’t be leaving on a stretcher.”
Well said Roy Keane. Has anybody noticed how much calmer and sensible Roy seems to be as manager of Sunderland? He talks a lot of sense these days and has done an excellent job at Sunderland so far. Good for him.