Allardyce Let Down By Barton

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has finally talked about the incident with Sunderland’s Dickson Etuhu and insists there was no malice in his challenge during Newcastle’s derby draw with Sunderland.

Try telling that to the millions of TV viewers who saw the incident.

Joey has to realize that because of his past actions, there is zero tolerance for him to do any more of this type of nonsense.


Joey Barton’s challenge on Dickson Etuhu last Saturday (ouch!)

The Football Association has confirmed Barton will not be punished after referee Martin Atkinson decided to take no action over the studs-high tackle. Joey Barton made this statement to Sky Sports last night:

“There was no malice in it, nor was it premeditated,”“If I caused him any injury, then I apologize.”

“Things happen in the heat of a derby game.”

“It was my third game back and I’m still a bit rusty. If I was fully match fit the situation would have been avoided.”

Since Martin Atkinson did not get a full view of the challenge, Barton has escaped any action. But this will hardly improve Barton’s reputation as a thug, and he just cannot keep doing these things. He is definitely on trial for this past actions, in more ways than one.

Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, was reported to have been very relieved last night when he heard the news. However, it is also being mentioned behind the scenes that Sam is not at all happy with Barton for making such a rash challenge. Sam has regularly talked about Joey’s maturity since he moved to St James’s Park from Manchester City for £5.8M in the summer, and he has supported Joey fully in the last 4 months. Sam feels Joey has let him down by his actions.

This is just the latest of a list of controversies in the career of 25-year-old Barton. He was punished for stubbing a cigar out in the eyelid of a youth team player while at Manchester City. Currently, Joey is denying the charge of assaulting former Manchester City team-mate, Ousmane Dabo, following a fight at the club’s training ground in April.

As we said before, there is just zero tolerance for any more of this behavior from Joey at Newcastle United. This is a minor incident compared with some of his antics in the past. However, more of his previous behavior will shorten a promising career at Newcastle United, there’s no doubt about that.  The sooner Joey grasps the full gravity of the situation, the better.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Josh

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    If he plays again i’l be supprised

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Reminds me of Bruce Lee…..Enter the Dragon.
    Just need the “Hiiiiyaaaaa” speech bubble, c’mon Ed sure you can pop one of those on.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Damn, it was a sweet tackle and it wasn’t as bad as it’s made out to be. Tackles like that happen in almost every game and the pussy FA and wanker referees should stay out of it.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Etuhu : I have an itch.

    Joey: Really ?? let me get that for you, my mackem friend……………HIIIIIYYYAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    ………”There was no malice in it, nor was it premeditated”
    ….the sun is encassed in ice….my knob is 3 foot long…
    …..we will win the league this season……..all politicians tell the truth…….

    you get the idea.

  • valle

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I beleive that we need this kind of no-fear attitude in at least 1 of our midfielders. If u look at the successful teams of the last decade, all have had a dog in midfield, like Keana himself or Viera. We had batty in the later keegan days and he makes Barton look like a choir boy.

  • indian toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    atleast a fine should really shoild hav been imposed.. not fair..!!

  • evildick

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    great tackle.

  • joel gledhill

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9

    does anyone know if we are still after juan riquelme?

  • Hadrian

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    meh , the tackle was fine and at least it made me finish the first half with a smile 😀 .

  • Macas

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I cant believe how so many on here can defend such an odious little turd as Barton. After finally getting rid of the likes of Bowyer and Dyer, do we really need characters such as this representing the club?

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    haha hadrian, me too. usually i would say give the lad a fine, but it was against the unwashed, he was just trying to clens the mackam nation

  • steve

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I wouldn’t mind the tackle so much if Barton had contributed anything else to the game, other than continuously losing the ball and mis-placing passes he was sh!te – he needs to get his game together and earning his wages

  • Macas

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    And if the ref had spotted the challenge, sent Barton off, and the Mackems beat us 3-0 as a result of us only having 10 men for the second half, would those praising him on here be as happy? He is a brainless little toerag who should be shunted out the door as soon as possible.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice work Joey..heard he tried to chin Etuhu in the tunnel as after my own heart Mr Barton I raise my hot cigar tip to someones eye in celebration.

    Seriously I can’t see what the big deal is the guy is a genius 🙂

  • Hadrian

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    macas , there is a world of difference between dyer and barton ,
    dont even compare the two .
    he showed glipses of what he can do in the previous matches , im all for the lad . and like others have said , with some players this is just part of the parcel , i know most manu fans couldnt give a monkeys when keane done something similar .
    and my god does it make a change from some of the pansy’s we had in the squad last season .

  • nightfall

    Nov 13, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Macas – cheers

  • Bill F

    Nov 13, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I love to see hard players in the team, Jimmy Scoular and John Mcgrath are two who come to mind but I can’t recall them trying to cripple opponents.

  • hdav727

    Nov 13, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    anyone else get the feeling this lad is never gonna grow up?
    that “tackle” was shocking, and should have had a ban!
    come on sam, get him sorted, and get him playing at his best!

  • dragoner

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    yeah chill out macas. i play football with friends and couple of them always do ridiculous fouls. just part of football

  • Alex

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #21

    We have been in need of a couple of hard no nonsens players for a long time now, we only had Taylor that was up for a fight last season and look where that got us .Now we have 2 players Smith and Barton that are up for a real fight and they are being slagged off by people on this Blog .unbelivable.

  • nightfall

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22

    alex – smith and barton are no-nonsense players!?! dude…stop drinking…or smoking…or stop using needle…what ever… just be sober when watching NUFC matches…

  • Alex

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Nightfall-They both give 100% Barton once fully back to fitness and has his sharpness back will be our best midfielder by a mile.Smith against the makems battled as hard as anybody in a black and white shirt.What more do you want in a derby match from someone that is picked out of position.We all know that the lad is a striker and not a midfielder ,but when he is played out of position he tries damned hard and never moans .I just wish that sam would play him next to Martins or owen when Viduka is not playing. Then you would see why he gets into England squads.

  • Macas

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Dragoner – I dont mind your mates making ridiculous tackles, I just dont like forking out a large chunk of my wages to watch some overpaid ‘star’ cost us points by getting sent off for nasty vindictive challenges that are totally uncalled for. He will always be trouble, and to top it off he was woeful on Saturday as well.

  • Eve

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #25

    This is ridiculous, there was no malaice in it, a high tackle, wow, it happens, this is why I hate that football has changed so much since diving came in, now there was no diving involved here but ever since well Chelsea “came up” is when it really started. It’s softened the game. People have become a lot more sensitive to it. It happens, especially in derbys. Like Keane, fair play to him turned around and said basically it was fine, and that’s because he played in a time when it was ok to do that, well, not ok but not looked at by the media and such as an act of GBH. It’s a joke. All the names, Gerrard, Keane and Vieira especially..etc. They all did crunching tackles in their time and got a yellows for it some times if they were unlucky. The game has just got so much more “sensitive” over the last few years, Smith and Barton are both examples of “old style” players, they are no nonsense, full of heart, honest hard working players, they will fight for every blade of grass on the pitch, they will hopefully make good leaders in the furture. Sadly the games just moved on. It’s part of football but some people are going on like it was done intentionally, that it was like assualt and he should be charged for it, no doubt if it was a tackle on Drogba we wouldn’t hear the end of it. Football has moved on it’s all about the fancy stuff now, little heart. The likes of Smith and Barton are what are left of a rare breed of footballers.

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Eve: I don’t like footballers to be soft and like players to be committed. You’re right this is not GBH, nobody died and it was a bit of handbags. However it is also not football. When the incident ocurred, the ball had some time bef0re moved away in the opposite direction. It appeared that Barton actually had first weighed up how high he was going to have to jump onto Etuhu to make sure he could kick him in the nuts. If he’d been sent off for something so petty and silly with just over half the game to go, as a manager or team mate I’d be mad with him

    Take a look at the photos – it’s like the old spot the ball competition they used to run in the papers !!!

    I’m quite a fan of Barton’s. Its just stuff like this he needs to cut out of his game.

  • Bill f

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Gonna be interesting the reaction of our lot when an opposition players does a similar “Tackle ” on one of our players and leaves him with a broken leg or a serious abdominal injury causing him to miss a large chunk of the season and making him less of a player when he does come back. Are we gone to say that the perpetrator is actually a nice guy so thats ok then. Somehow I think not.

  • Macas

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Well said. I dont mind hardmen, but Barton isnt a hardman, he’s just a reckless thug.

  • Eve

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #29

    It was a thugish tackle ya, but I’m sick of the press exagerating crap and such or (previous managers claiming that a player went out to intentionally hurt another player). All I’m saying is that ya, it was a horrible tackle, like but there’s no need for everyone to get carried away, but they can be dangerous, like the one on the Celtic player who was unbelievabley lucky not to get injured. But then you look at the tackle on Given last year, which shouldn’t have happened in the first place and that was sickening and it’s not worth even thinking about what would have happened last year if the seriousness of his injury wasn’t shown untill they were on the plane. It’s dogged him with groin injuries and it’s made him “uptight” about it, it’s affected him. Not so much on the actually physical side of it but on the mental side of it, he’s a really brave keeper, but it’s going to take a while for him to shake it.

    It was a bad tackle ya but some people are just going to far with it and should he be punnished, maybe, should they be acting like he killed someone, deffinatley not.

  • Bill f

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Ah, you got my point then Eve.

  • Eve

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Bill F..Ya.

  • nasko skoplje

    Nov 14, 2007 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Joey Barton?????he is psiho

  • Sandy McNair

    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Well said Macas and smith is reckless thug with no talent!


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