Newcastle Look At Suspending Barton

Newcastle United are concerned the English FA could ban Joey Barton for as long as a full season, and are looking at ways to combat that threat.


Joey Barton – facing ban from the FA

Barton committed his major crime a year last May, when he punched out Dabo in that infamous training ground scuffle , for which he recently received a 4 month suspended sentence.

But the jail sentence of 6 months he received recently was for an offense he committed on December 27th in Liverpoool city center, when he was a Newcastle player.

It’s Newcastle that will be punished, as well as the player, and it seems unfair the club should be punished for the Dabo affair, committed before he was even a Newcastle player.

But this is what should have been discussed before we ever signed him, because few other clubs were willing to touch him at that time, and it was a big chance signing the player, and we’ve certainly paid the price for this over this last 12 months – big time.

It may be that Newcastle will now follow the example of Manchester United with their former French striker Cantona, and suspend Joey Barton ourselves, until say November of this year.

With the FA now looking at all kinds of possibilities, including a potential season long suspension, the club hope they can work with the FA in dishing out suitable punishment to their player.

In January 2005, Manchester United quickly announced that Eric Cantona would not play for them for the rest of the season, after his infamous kung-fu style assault on a Crystal Palace fan.

After that ban the FA later extended Cantona’s ban until the end of the following September.

But Newcastle did not act at all when Barton was arrested on December 27th, and in fact after his initial jail time he was back in the team playing for them before the end of last season.

He was finally put on trial in May for that specific charge, interestingly after the end of the season, and he finally pleaded guilty and was jailed for 6 months, for which he served just 74 days, and was released last Monday.

There has been lots of negative reaction to the way Newcastle have handled the entire Barton situation, and when the player was finally released, the club made a short statement the following day saying he was staying at the club, and they would not be discussing the matter again.

Because of two convictions and because of Newcastle’s seeming unwillingness to punish their player any further, the FA may now take a harder line with both Barton and the club.

The likelihood seems to be that Newcastle will now ban Barton until the end of November, and then hope the FA ban is not too much more than that.

But this looks very much like it’s only a political move by the club, in order to reduce the overall ban on the player, and not based on what they think is right and proper.

The club may now be in a poor position, and the FA may throw the book at both Newcastle and Barton.

One thing is clear, Kevin needs to get a replacement in for Barton before the end of the month, and at least plan for the worst case scenario – that Joey will not be available for some time.

And the Joey Barton transfer last summer has so far turned out to be a disaster for the club, let’s be honest.

And in retrospect, which is always easy of course, we should have never done the deal, because the good name of Newcastle United has been dragged through the sewer for the last 12 months.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far


    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – not in retrospect – most did not want him in the first place. Cheers Sam

  • seetow

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    FA are just a joke, seriously.

  • Will

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    The FA are a pulling a right bum hole trick here, 15 months after is just ridiculous.

  • Whitters

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Will this ever end?!

  • stjames

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s completely above my comprehension why the club did not act decisively and suspend (or sack) Joey after the verdict in the Liverpool case was passed.

    We do not want that kind of behavior from our players and pay them huge wages for it.

    Now he should be suspended for the season. 🙁

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    We were all well aware of his discipline record before we purchased him, so why did we buy him?

    Any suspension by the FA will penalize Newcastle for something that happened at Man City, so that’s unfair also…..

    We need to buy a suitable replacement, suspend him; “no pay” and sell him at the first opportunity!

  • Steeley

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Completely off subject, Ed, has there been any more news you may have heard on the Aaron Spear transfer?? I thought it was almost a done deal, but havent seen anything from the club/press about it…

  • paul the pom

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    there is no waythat the fa can ban him.any type of ban punishes newcastle.this saga happened at another club under a different manager.they should have banned him straight my eyes if he went to the supreme courts he would win.the best and only fair outcome for all parties is a massive fine ,say 20 weeks wages which gets ploughed straight into sports clubs for under privelaged kids.think thats about 1 million quid

  • Incognito

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    The Dabo incident should be treat completely separate to the Mac’ Attack in Liverpool. A full season ban is a total abuse of the FA’s powers and glaring bias against our club.

    OK we should definitely have punished (or sacked) Barton for beating up that kid in Liverpool, but that doesn’t give the FA reason to severely punish our club.

  • Chicken

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    The FA are banning him now, and rightly so, because the court case has only just finished. They could not dish out any punishment until all the evidence was presented and the verdict given.

    Newcastle are not being punished for this as some are claiming, Joey Barton is. He is being banned from playing, not the club. What else do you expect the FA to do?

    If a man was married to one woman, committed a crime, then divorced and remarried another woman, could his new wife then argue that he shouldn’t have to go to jail because he was married to someone else at the time and it is unfair that she loses her husband? Sounds ridiculous I know, but that is what some are saying.

    On top of all this I find it absolutely disgraceful that the club haven’t announced any form of until punishment for JB. The fans need to know how this is being dealt with. Saying nothing is not helping this situation.


    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets hope we get in a good replacement ed! would love Diego or AA then we could suspend this tit until Nov & by then hopefully we would have preformed well without him then we can get rid! lets hope we see 3 signings in next two weeks Collochini Shorey & AM out of Arda/Arshavin/Diego/Bullard/Larsson.

  • BILLY - B

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone know if J.B. has been paid while he was doing his time and will he be paid while he is serving any further bans for this offence

  • Michael

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think man u banned Cantona in 2005, just a hunch though.

  • Max

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    The FA are so stupid in doing this as if he’d been suspended while at city we would never have bought him.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    This is bloody great, buy a new CM please Ashley!

  • mutoids

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16,19528,12876_3905169,00.html colocinni confident of a deal goin through

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    No reason we should be punished for what Barton did before he was with us!..
    …Also, didn’t ferdinand just get suspended from friendlies for stuff he did in the prem?..

  • Magpie Dave

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Even if the 2 reported attacks had never happened Barton’s current market value based on his performaces last season would be half what we paid.

    I say terminate his contract, write off the 3 million max he must only be worth now and save the 10 million+ in wages his contract would be worth over the next 4 years.

    Its not rocket science the negative publicity and the lack of performaces we are gtting from Barton is not worth it…..sack him now.

  • Lacedaemonian

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #19

    lol Chicken what a fantastical analogy. Who would have thought employment/commercial law was so tangibly similar to marriage?

  • clinta

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    we’ll alot of us never wanted him, and i’m that stands by that, even if according to the last vote on the subject most are now in favour of the ‘great man’.

    yes, his signing has been a disaster for the club and will continue to be until we get rid of, people keep talking about his class, but i didn’t see much of that in a newcastle shirt and doubt i ever will.

  • clinta

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Chicken good point about punishment mate, your right there seems to of been no punishment given to the player by the club at all, in fact it seems like his still on and has been on his huge wages which is kind of like a bonus i guess,

  • Lacedaemonian

    Aug 3, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #22

    He should not be punished by the club for the Dabo incident. Man City suspended him at the time. So in effect he has been punished by a club for that. His ABH offence is outside FA jurisdiction. However, Newcastle should definitely punish him for this. Community service is the most obvious punishment.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Aug 3, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Man City fans are laughing at us. Let’s wait till their owner gets convicted in Thailand, I bet that is funnier.

  • Liffyourd

    Aug 3, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    i don’t think your being very compassionate ED, what joey has done in his past is without argument, stupid

    but if a member of your was going through troubled times, which joey clearly is,would you be as quick to criticise them? no,i think when joey is fit, concentrated and motivated he is probably one of if not, our best players

    How many times should this guy be punished? instead of throwing the book or a hand against him,why not reach a hand out to him, and support him! there may well be setbacks along the way,nobody’s saying there wont, but as humans, (and i dont care about whether people think hes had 2 chances, 4-5- chances) shouldnt we be constructive about it ather than destructive

    i know that personally in my own life, ive made mistakes, big, terrible mistakes and even after i failed to react on the chances people gave me, they never gave up and in the long run i realised that if people were determined to keep given me chances instead of criticising the chances i didnt take, that i was mature enough to realise that continous support really does go a long way in altering someones perspective, and turning them good.

  • normski1930z

    Aug 3, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #25

    toonksk thaksin may well get convicted in thailand but believe me mate he will not do any time bcos he is just too rich and bribe his way out of it …..corruption is alive and well in thailand.

  • stjames

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26

    CHICKEN # 10: I so agree with you.

    LIFFYOURD #24: I bet you were not on 60 k a week while making your mistakes. Being a football celeb isn’t just another job. There are many things to consider amongst them setting standards for our children.

    So JB should be suspended for next season or sacked, which is preferable.

  • toonbully

    Aug 3, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #27

    This is nothing to do with FA bias , this is to do with the director and his NUFC colleagues, the bigwigs protecting their investment by doing nuffink in reposnse to Bartons abject display of apathy at what other people think .

    TOON should have dragged him out of clink and sacked him on the spot , because we have dillied and bleeding dallied like wet nurses , the FA have stepped in , and with good reason really , KK should never have stood by the racist thug , GET RID OF HIM and swallow the loss of £ 5.8 million .

    We will gain the respect of every fan and club in the country and just MAYBE then players will want to play at the TOON again !

  • lacedaemonian

    Aug 5, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #28

    How is he racist? The media mixing up his half brother with him???


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