Joey Barton was booed loudly when he was introduced as a Newcastle substitute last night at the Emirates Stadium.
Joey Bartin – will need to get used to the boos
Barton was introduced after 89 minutes of the game and played just 3 minutes at the end, and he was booed every time he touched the ball.
And the match commentators seemed to make it clear they didn’t think he should be playing for Newcastle any more, and not even playing football at all, after his two guilty pleas to assault recently.
Then Barton made a tough challenge on Samir Nasri – and moments later the Frenchman retaliated off-the-ball with a deliberate trip, and eventually had his name taken.
And Newcastle manager Keegan was not happy with Nasri for his reaction:
“Joey came on, got a good tackle in on Nasri. Then the guy sliced him down,”
“That’s what happened and that’s what I saw, which is what I was upset about.”
“I like Nasri very much – he’s a player we looked at for a possible signing but you can’t do that.” “If it had been the other way round, I wonder what the reaction would be.”
“I know the referee didn’t see it but the linesman did and it should have been a red card.” “I will tell Arsene Wenger the same thing when I see him. It wasn’t a reckless tackle – it was a good tackle.”
“We want to see the good players play, but we want to see good tackles as well.” “Joey has done nothing wrong. I’m concerned about my team, not individual players.”
“We came up against a side who had to bounce back from a poor result [at Fulham],” “We needed a break, which we did not get.”
“Like when Nicky Butt’s header hit the bar, but there is no denying they are an excellent side and will finish in the top four – the only thing they are fighting for is where they will finish.”
Kevin will need to get used to the negative reaction of most football fans to Jory Barton because most of them regard Barton as a thug who should have been thrown out of football.
Those are some of the consequences you get when you do things that are not only bad, but illegal.
That’s the way it is, and Joey will be a target of other players and even referees, never mind the fans.