Nike, the American Sportswear giants have done what Newcastle United failed to do â€“ they have sacked Joey Barton from his contract with them, for due cause.
Joey Barton – Nike terminate his contract
Midfielder Barton yesterday learned that he will stay at Newcastle, presumably on the same high wages he was getting before his two recent convictions.
Nike have now said enough is enough on their deal with the player.
Nike spokesman Leo Sandino-Taylor said:
â€œWe have provisions in all our sponsorship contracts to take into account any actions by athletes that bring the brand into disrepute.”
“Whilst Joey Barton is a talented footballer, we cannot condone or accept what he did in any way and his contract with us has been terminated.â€
Barton was released on Monday from a 74-day prison spell, that he served on a 6 month jail sentence handed down to him last May.
Only yesterday the Newcastle club finally issued a statement, short though it was, saying they will be keeping the player at the club.
He has therefore been given one last chance to stay out of trouble, despite some objections from Newcastle fans.
However, he will not fly out to Mallorca for this weekendâ€™s friendly matches against Hertha Berlin and Real Mallorca, but will stay on Tyneside to work on his fitness.
We wonder if the club are going to tell us more, and whether in fact Barton will face any fine or other punishment measures, like a wage cut, from the club.
Also it would be nice to hear what Joey thinks, and whether he will apologize for all the bad publicity he has not only brought on himself, but his club, Newcastle United.
Something we can ill afford at this time of year, with the transfer season in full swing.
We have no idea what Barton thinks, simply because he’s never said anything to the public about it.
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