More bad news today for Newcastle United, and the timing is amazingly bad, as Joey Barton faces a Football Association hearing today for his assault on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.
Joey Barton – appears before FA today
In July, Barton received a four-month suspended prison sentence for the assault, which occurred in May 2007, and he was jailed for six months in July and August (he served 74 days) for an assault outside a McDonalds in the Liverpool City Center on 27th December.
Former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan resigned last night and will not now appear alongside Joey today, as a character witness for the player.
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has urged the FA to be lenient on Barton and he told BBC Radio 5 Live today:
“There is no Kevin Keegan to speak for him so I think we can expect a number of games suspension but hopefully some will be suspended to try to encourage some better behavior from him,”
“They will want to make an example to look to make sure it does not happen again.”
“He has previous incidents and you are not usually expected to take those into account but you can’t ignore those instances,”
The Newcastle United club and the city are today in disarray and shock with all the goings on at the club, which resulted last night in Kevin Keegan resigning as manager, and it’s hardly a good time for Joey to be facing the FA.
He is expected to get about a 15 game ban, but his future at the Tyneside club must now be suspect, at best.
It appears this was one of the things the Board disagreed with Kevin about, so we’ll just have to wait for the results of the meeting today, but we don’t expect any good news coming out of it.