Barton Faces FA Hearing Next Wednesday

It’s going to be a while before Joey Barton appears again for Newcastle United, and Kevin Keegan thinks it’s at least 4-5 weeks.


 Joey Barton – 4/5 weeks away from full fitness

Joey could well get an FA ban of considerable length, and he will be at a hearing next Wednesday to face charges of violent conduct for his attack on his then Manchester City team-mate, Ousmane Dabo.

The likely suspension being mentioned in the press is for 15 games, and it may even be that Newcastle ban the player, although that would seem unlikely now.

Barton only returned to training last week on Wednesday, and despite his agent Willie McKay saying he was very fit, that’s not the case, as it’s difficult to keep fit when you are serving time in jail.

Manager Kevin Keegan said today:

“Joey’s fine but he won’t be featuring in any games until we get him match fit,” “He came back in for training last Wednesday as we flew out to Mallorca.”“There is no way he can regain match fitness between now and the start of the season August 17.”

“There’s no way it would be sensible to give him a game at the moment. Obviously, with the injuries we’ve got you could throw him into a friendly like the PSV game but that would be crazy because he’s got to get match fit.”

“Normally you need a month to five weeks to get match fit and that’s why we bring the players back for pre-season training five weeks before the start of the season and then play some games,”

“The hard part for the people like Joey and the lads who have been injured is the games have gone now and you almost have to do it all in training.”

“It can be done because you can have practice games yourselves and simulate friendlies like the PSV game but it doesn’t matter how hard they work on their fitness, however fit they are, when it comes to playing in their first real game you think to yourself – as Habib Beye said on Wednesday – ‘I’m empty’. Matches get you fit.”

“Joey has been working very hard on a fitness programme and is just getting his head down, which is what he has done ever since I came back into this club,”

“His training and everything, his attitude has been excellent while I’ve been at this club. I’ve spoken to him and know he just wants to get back to playing football – it’s as simple as that. “

While we’re sure that Kevin and the Newcastle hierarchy would love the Joey Barton affair just to blow over, it doesn’t look like it will, and it looks like the FA will take action.

He’s likely to be banned next week, and then we’ll have to see when he can play again, but at least when he does, he should be really physically fit.

The main thing of course is to get Barton mentally fit, and get him some serious treatment on his anger, which has got him into so much trouble in his short life, so far.

If this story is going to turn out to be a success for the Newcastle club and for Barton himself, he cannot make one more mistake, because if he does, it really will be all over.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • king kev

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully they don’t give him ban as we need him we have a paper thin squad and maybe about to sell Smith

  • tapir

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    ashley shud be our next Midfielder!!!!!!

  • figsdad

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    but i though he was doing gym work in the nick and they said he was totaly fit when he came out

    so why say they need 4 or 5 week to get him fit..

    hmmmmmmm very dodgy..

  • save our club

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    if we sell smith that to me means we are going to need at least 4 players in , a striker , am player, left back, and then a squad player who could hopefully fill in a few positions, i hope im wrong but cant see it happening and if it doesnt mark my words we are in big trouble, what is going on with collocini

  • 9 Shearer

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Barton is our next Butt I cant buy Inler wen I have Barton in my squad. KK said that he is bringin players who are different from the ones we have. Look at it.
    Gutierezz – He is a back-to-back winger who can defend very well one of our wingers can do that.
    Guthrie – has the long accurate balls to give to the fast wingers.
    Bassong – a fast left footed centreback.
    Coloccini – no one is better than him in defence

  • antz

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6


    2 word answer..

    willie mckay!

    full of shit


    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Loop

  • WesToon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    FFS the f.a are a bunch of clowns man!!!
    Why are they punishing NUFC???
    WTF are Man city not getting more stick for Joey?? Football is being run by a bunch of muppets…IT’S PATHETIC!!

  • save our club

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    just been on deportivo web site and seen collocini give press conference to say good bye, so why has he not been unveilled as newcastle player yet, this one better not fall through or they can have my season ticket back as i cant watch us go down

  • dick

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    may as well forget barton till xmas , he’ll be made an example of with a big ban

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Any ban will penalize Newcastle, so expect a heavy fine.

    NUFC should have made him perform community service duties together with 4~8 weeks salary fine. All monies donated to a charity such as cancer research!

    Not sure I’d want my kid being coached by Barton, but someone needs to give him a chance….

  • Davies

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t care. Got bored with this weeks ago. Get a replacement and move on. Sell Barton when this has all been forgotten.

    As for the FA punishing us, we knew the baggage that came with Barton when we bought him. Blame Fat Sam, not the FA.

  • figsdad

    Aug 8, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    but it took them 15month to ban him.

    why didnt they do it while he was at city..

  • azim

    Aug 8, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #14

    we are paying the price for him….MAN CITY got away with him….why FA has not suspended him b4 he was trasferred here……suspend FA first for their poor work b4 suspend him

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    “Mentally fit” …. wha….?

  • Ryan

    Aug 8, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    How come FA only ban him once he reachs here? I doubt them unless they pay us compensation.

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    What a load of rubbish, the FA are jumping on the ‘politically correct’ bandwaggon.

    Oh Newcastle are supporting a criminal and theres an outcry in the rags, lets show our position and punish him further!

    Crap, this happened at Man City and he should have been punished there and then or not at all.

    Granted this was more than your normal training ground spat, but are they going to get involved with every incident at clubs training?
    There going to be very busy!

    If he recieves a ban its shows the FA to be very weak and baying to so called public opinion. A fine should be the most he gets.

  • Stamford Toon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #18

    It is not just his anger that has to be controlled but until he is clear of his alcohol addiction he is a lost cause.
    The FA could have punished JB before but held off at the request of the police. They are not punishing the club. JB derserves to be punished by the FA so why on earth are people complaining?


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