Kevin Keegan had the option of playing Joey Barton in todayâ€™s game at the Emirates, but decided against it.
Joey Barton – strict bail conditions
Kevin Keegan talked about Joey Barton yesterday:
â€œJoeyâ€™s desperate to be involved as you would imagine â€“ Iâ€™d be disappointed if he wasnâ€™t â€“ but it has to be the right time and the right place,â€
â€œI had the option and I could have played him. But I donâ€™t think it would have been right for him or for the other players.â€
Barton was arrested on December 27, and has since been charged with assault and affray. He is being treated at a Hampshire clinic and must be back there by 7 pm every night. So it is difficult for the club to involve Joey, which to their credit they have been doing. As it is, Joeyâ€™s being brought into training and back again by a helicopter. That’s quite an expense and hassle for the club, to keep a player on bail fit and healthy.
To us the club are going out of there way to keep Joey involved â€“ but he hardly deserves all the trouble the club is taking. Kevin continued about when he may introduce Joey back to the first team:
â€œIâ€™d like it to be a home game so we can control the environment around us a little bit more â€“ he understands that,â€ â€œIn his mind, I think he hoped Iâ€™d say â€˜Come and play at Arsenalâ€™. ”
“But I think he knew I would not do that to the other players. I wouldnâ€™t do it if he was in the team and it was someone else taking his place.â€
Our home game with Middlesbrough kicks off at 1:30 pm next Sunday afternoon, but Keegan seems unwilling to involve him in that game either.Â But we have to remember what happened here, and this is all Joeyâ€™s doing, and he has to suffer the consequences for his actions. Bad actions have bad consequences â€“ as weâ€™ve told our kids for the last 30 years or so.
Hopefully, Barton will learn from these mistakes he keeps making, otherwise his football career may be over. Itâ€™s that serious.
What do you think about this?
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