FA Charge Barton With Misconduct

The English Football Association has charged Joey Barton with misconduct, and it has forced the Newcastle club to issue a formal statement on the matter.


The full Newcastle statement is as follows:

NEWCASTLE United can confirm that it has received documentation from the Football Association stating that it is charging Joey Barton with misconduct in relation to the incident that occurred with Ousmane Dabo in May 2007, at a time when he was a registered player of Manchester City.

The Club has sought clarification from the Football Association as to why this decision has been reached now, given the incident occurred nearly 15 months ago.

Joey will be requesting a personal hearing in relation to the charge and the Club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.

The reason the FA have only brought the charge now would appear an easy one – he’s only recently been convicted and given a four months suspended sentence.

But how long is this thing going to drag on, and continually give the Newcastle club very bad publicity like this?

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138 comments so far

  • vatoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    does that mean we get our fee back from city?

  • Micky Toon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh, FFS. How much more crap does this player want to bring on the club.?

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Not likely but I would love it just love it.
    Hope the FA ban him for full season

  • Winn

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    are you stupid? we F in need him!! he hasnt done anything that keegan didnt know about or nothing new so dont start moaning about him again.

  • staffsmag

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Guys – he was a city player at the time !!!! Come on get over it. Has anyone seen how the wankers at the sun have sesationalised this story !!! Southern tossers !!!! 🙂

  • Stami

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    i agree with Winn, we do need him, i would really like to see Barton made to do comunity service tho. coaching kids or something along those lines!

  • Marguerite

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I seem to remember the same thing happened with Bowyer, correct me if I am wrong.

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Have never stopped moaning about him to be able to start again

  • Gazzatoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    yh you definatley need to get off bartons back, he was top quality towards the end of last season and without him we will struggle! the F.A are just doing this to try and make a point. seems quite a pointless though as it did happen 15 months ago

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Bowyer should of given Dyer a hiding when he had the chance

  • normski1930z

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    bloody hell man everytime that ticker tape thing comes up on sky i get all excited then its old joey again lol ….harry hill couldnt write it!!!


    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Horse, stable door and bolted, springs to mind I suppose he (us) will end up paying a fine and him getting a spell of suspension. Brilliant, just what the club needs. As it happened at ManC shouldn’t they be the ones to suffer rather than us. Won’t work like that though.

  • beye the great

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    we do need him just wondering why the trial took so long to come to court

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Think they were waitng for the outcome of his case but expected him to get further sentence then they would not have needed to act.

  • geordie jock

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Why has the FA decided to get involved now, Surely this should have been done immediatly after the offence. Looks like they have jumped on the bandwagon and are now able to get an easy guilty verdict after his court appearance. The FA should be ashamed of themselves for taking this long to get involved. Joey Barton should be ashamed of what he has done but should be left alone to get on with his life and career and do his community service.

  • Big Gaz

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #16

    I am in the legal trade and can tell you that the FA are bang out of order. Barton has served his time and like it or not the club have taken him back on a last warning. He has commited his crime and served his time. If a bloke who worked in a warehouse was convicted of punching a bloke in the Bigg Market would his employers also punish him if his work was up to scratch???Would they S*&te. He would sue the arse off them.

    I am sure Barton feels like s*&t about this and just wants to re build his carreer and do his best for Newcastle United and the fans.

    What on earth are the FA going to achive by this. Had he played for one of “the big 4” it would have been under the carpet 15 months ago. The FA make me sick and are ruining our national game. Arseholes.

    Yes I do feel strongly about this matter. 🙁

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    That I do agree with Bill F but as you say our club will be tarnished yet again

  • steve

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #18

    The F.A are a complete joke – I don’t remember them chargiung any other player for a training ground incident (incl Berkovic getting kicked in the head which was filmed and shown on national news) – they should get off Bartons back, he’s been punished by the courts and shuold now be allowed to get on with his life.

    As he was a Man City player at the time of the assualt I can’t understand how they can punish newcastle by banning him. Hopefully Newcastle will sue them and bankrupt them, they are an old boys club who do nothing to protect or promote football.

    I don’t even like Barton but he’s served his time and should be allowed to get on trying to rebuild his life.

  • Faustino

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    “The Club has sought clarification from the Football Association as to why this decision has been reached now, given the incident occurred nearly 15 months ago.”

    Cos some bright pr*ck in PR at the FA has obvisouly figured there is somehting to spin that makes them look like they are doing somehting positive for once. Text book.

  • sas

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #20

    There is a sort of precedent here with Cantona at Selhurst Park. He could be out for the season if the FA decide that’s what they want to do.

    However, given the fact that he was at City at the time, and it took 15 months to bring the charges, I would think a fine would be more appropriate.

    If he does get a long suspension, we could argue that we would not have bought him if there was already a lengthy suspension involved.

    I guess the FA couldn’t act pending a criminal prosecution as it may have prejudiced his court case.

  • Ex pat Mags

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont remember John Hartson getting charges by the FA for punting his team mate in the head when at west ham. Berkovic or whatever he was called. The FA are a bunch of freaks!!!!

  • staffsmag

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Well said Big Gaz – I agree with you – done the crime – served the time. Move on Howay the lads !!!!

  • tapir

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #23


    while all team news is about their preparation for the coming season, ours is only about this fella bad attitude and disciplinary action!!!!!!


  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    This has PR all written all over it.

    With great sadness, legally, the FA are quite within there rights to pursue this matter, once a conviction has be obtained. However, and it is a BIG however, in order to do this, they are required to have instructed all parties of their intentions at the time of the incident – Did they…I have know Idea..! If they did not, then they do not have the jurisdiction to act on such charges. Newcastle would certainly be eligible to seek compensation through the FA, as they sanctioned the signing.

    Sadly boys, it will come down to whether, both the player and Man City were informed of the FA intentions…!

  • Davies

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25


    LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marguerite

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Great points from both Big Gaz (16) and SAS(20).

    He is a pain in the a*** but he is our pain in the a*** and his ‘crime’ was committed at citi.

    The FA are totally unjust in this and it is another way to beat the stick at Newcastle.

  • Davies

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Black and White Blood – That’s a very good point. If the FA did notify all parties at the time of the incident, I wonder if it was mentioned when we bought this player.

    If it was, more fool us, if not, perhaps we’ll be entitled to some compensation.

  • Karl - Fenham Hustler

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Get Chris Mort back up… Somewhat of a high flyer in this dept is he not..

  • Matt Lacey

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Any sort of suspension will be enormously unfair to Newcastle especially given the fragile nature of our squad at the moment, and it just seems like the FA want to make an example out of Barton just because they can.

    Hopefully he’ll just get a fine!

  • Karl - Fenham Hustler

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30


    Did anybody else read this? – As a fan of Joey’s (Football, not so much the boxing), and the fact he isnt thick, he’s qutie intellectual and open minded when speaking in interviews.. This is one of the few pieces of journalism i agree with on the matter..

  • borospurs

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s the clubs fault and you can’t dump this on Man City. When NUFC bought him they knew he had this case pending with Dabo, and their lawyers should have known that the FA would charge him as well if there was evidence to do so. The club took a gamble that he’d get off the Dabo charge and when you look at the evidence and the number of people who were ready to testify against Barton it shows how idiotic you were to buy him. Its the clubs fault entirely, i hope he gets a big fine and suspension, i just feel sorry for you toon fans,

  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Same with the Nike sponsorship tbh. They were clearly tightening their purse strings and made it look like they were taking the moral high ground. I also believe that the rags contacted Nike to chase a story on Barton.

    The FA are so transparent. They could have charged Joey when he admitted guilt at the Dabo hearing. But they wait a month before setting out their stall.

    They are media chasing losers.

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #33

    FA are a joke.

  • Chris H

    Jul 31, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Surely Barton won’t be banned will he. I hope to God if he does get banned that we don’t have to pay his wages for that period.
    It seems that our club are being punished as much as the player.

  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Karl – good link mate. The Mirror are fast becoming the only semi honest football journalists.

  • GordonO

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Well what did they expect, I mean our club.

    I think letting Barton back is a huge mistake.

    If I were a big player I would not want to be at the same club as Barton for the sake of my health. He makes us look bad in so many ways.

    This summer has turned out to be a nightmare with players not comming and a series of bad judgements from the club…

  • Karl - Fenham Hustler

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Cheers.. But i think they’ll still stab us in the back when the times right, but as clubs are judged on their few bad eggs, i imagine its the same with the red-tops..
    Think he makes an excellent point though, make an example of a wealthy ‘would be chav’ because you can, then sweep up after the well to do politician so our government doesnt look even worse

  • cockney magpie

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I just hope Joey can pull himself together now and prove everybody wrong. COME ON JOEY DO IT 4 US PLEASE! there may not be many people behind u but i am!

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    He should just get a fine – happened when he was at city, so shouldnt affect hte club

  • seetow

    Jul 31, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    FA is a sham


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