Joey Barton Needs to Be So Careful

It was reported today that the Football Association will take no further action on the Joey Barton clash with Sunderland’s Dickson Etuhu just before half time, in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Barton clashed with Etuhu with his studs high, and the pair clashed afterwards, but the incident was not seen by referee Martin Atkinson.


Joey Barton – has to be extra careful because of his past behavior

An FA spokesman said today:

“The Football Association can only take action in the case of incidents that are not seen by officials.”

“Whilst it is clear that the officials did not see the full extent of the incident, they did see players coming together and to take any further action would be tantamount to re-refereeing the game and this would be contrary to the laws of the game.”

His assistant apparently saw the altercation and according to an FA source, “no-one is suggesting any of them could or should have seen what you might call the misconduct part of the incident”.

Under FIFA guidelines, a retrospective charge for violent conduct can only be given when the match official does not notice the incident at all. The Association’s fast-track disciplinary system is designed to act as an aid to officials for incidents completely out of sight of the referee or his assistants, such as off-the-ball clashes, and replicates action which would have been imposed had the referee or his assistants seen the incident.

We think Joey can thank Sunderland manager Roy Keane for his straight forward common sense comment on the incident following the game. Roy said following the game on Saturday:

“I am not going to get bogged down by a tackle that was slightly high.” “That happens in these games, a lot of them are mistimed.”

“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.” /

This statement by Roy helped to calm the situation, since the Setanta Sports TV team actually visited the referee and asked him if he had seen the incident, and what he was going to do about it. Atkinson rightly said he hadn’t seen the incident and he was not going to do anything about it.

But because of Joey’s past behavior, which we all know has not been good, he is going to have to be even more diligent that he doesn’t get involved in any more of these altercations. We know that Big Sam will let him know this. After that it’s up to Joey, and he cannot afford to make any more mistakes.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Len

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #1

    He thoroughly deserved a 3 week ban for that. We should fine him at least a week. Is he ever going to learn?

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton’s tackle was shocking and Newcastle should take action against him as he could so easily have been sent off……

    Barton appears to be improving every game although he’s still not playing at the level we know he can. December is a big month, so let’s hope he continues to improve as we need players of his class if we’re to compete with the best.

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Joey has been a lucky boy as the FA are taking no further action…
    refreshing to see an opposition manager, Sunderland at that, not making a huge fuss and trying to get Barton suspended. I could name a few that would.

  • Graham

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    For gods sake – if you lot get your way we’ll be playing the same no contact rules as basketball! yes it was a bad foul, it was definately a yellow card – but in the curcumstances (a local derby) there has been a lot worse challenges than that over the years.

    At least Keane who was as hard as they come in his day knows what he’s talking about – its just sad that it takes a mackem manager to talk sense about a newcastle player…

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Barton’s behaviour is inexcusable. He needs to curb his temper.

    To some extent I always have some degree of sympathy with him. I suspect a lot of the things we see on the field are as a result of verbals from other players towards Barton and his sexual preferences. Dickson Etuhu being a former colleague of Joeys will know all of the right buttons to press with him.

    If it was a case of that, then Joey should remember the rhyme “sticks and stones may break my bones…..” , then keep his head down and play football.

  • Bill F

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    I wasn’t aware of Joeys sexual preferences, but unless he is into animals in some way I cannot see why that should be an issue in this day and age. I agree that Sam should take action and stick him with a fine. Nowt wrong with being a hard player but over the top tackles have no place in modern football.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Graham it seems like we are the minority here. I saw nothing wrong with Barton’s tackle. They are grown man playing football not synchronized swimming. It was a little hard but nothing worth a ban.

    To be honest i wouldn’t mind having a nice little fight now and then like in hockey. 🙂

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Bill F: You’re right about what should be OK in today’s society. However for example, how many footballers have you heard about in today’s game who are openly gay? I can’t think of any. The macho image of football just seems to keep these things under wraps. Meanwhile Joey travels everywhere with his dedicated male personal assistant.

    On one level I have a lot of time for Joey Barton, I suspect he has had to tackle enough off the field incidents in his home life, to last most people a life time. We generally only see the scraps and scrapes, court cases etc….

    As with all people, there is a definite cause for his aggression; however he needs to come to terms with that.

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    lucky bastard haha. soo glad they didnt take action against him because it would stunt his getting back to form

  • Bill F

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob, I agree but I was thinking more along the lines that it shouldn’t bother him, there are so many Gays and lesbians around now I don’t people are so bothered about it probably even within the club environment.

    Certainly adds to the expression it was all handbags.


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