Joey Barton Appears Before FA Today Without Keegan

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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far


    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Good luck joey

  • Victor Meldrew

    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t belive it!

  • Optimist

    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m a big Keegan fan but surely it would help Barton even more if the coach who’d just resigned who is terribly angry at the club, still came out as a reference. It would show the FA that he truely believes in Barton and wasn’t just doing it because he was in charge. If KK felt for the players and still wanted the best for Newcastle wouldn’t he do this?

  • Leo

    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    it would just be another kick in the toons back if he gets a big ban

  • Leo

    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    optimist you make a very good point, maybe keegan will make an appearance

  • ToonBlood

    Sep 5, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Perhaps the runt-eyed little ferret should go as a character witness and stress that he abhors violence (unless he’s dishing it out from behind)

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    i hope he is treated leanently its the last thing this club needs now

    p.s sack the board

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Why can’t KK still speak for him? Or was KK only interested because we needed Barton because our squad is so thin?
    There’s nothing to stop KK from going there and being a character reference for Barton should he chose to do so.

  • mag in boro

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    i do think kk will send some form of support for joey but dont think he will appear in person due to the media circus that would follow

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope they throw the book at the disgusting shadow of a man!

    I never want to see him wear a black and white shirt again!

    I have boycotted spending at NUFC this season in protest to us giving this thug £65k a week to sit in the cells and drag our name through the dirt. That means no match tickets and no merchandise for me this season.

    I think it was a HUGE mistake on Keegan’s behalf to stand beside JB and it looks as though this was one of the many reason’s for the rift between KK and the board which just makes me hate the vile little scouser even more.

  • Spyro

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    If it is true KK is not going to support him then it really does not look good for the former manager. Just walking away from those he said he would stand by.

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Keegan was backing Barton cause he himself was backed into a corner when he realised his squad numbers were dwindling…

    Never been a Fan of Barton but I would like to think that Keegan would stand by his word and be a Character witness even if he is not Newcastle boss…

    I do think we should support him now though as he is an NUFC player and he has said he will behave himself from now on (I guess picking up the Soap in Prison will do that to you) he has been punished and will be punished more tohether with NUFC unfortunately but everyone deserves a 2nd chance…

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon Chicken

    He wasn’t paid while sitting in the cells 😉

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14


    I agree it makes him just as bad as MA – Broken Promises

  • Spyro

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Cant wait to see the crowd at Hull, bet it will still be AT LEAST 3/4 full, and will return to full after a few wins. Like many have said, there have been worse times than this. Those of you hoping for a boycott will be very disappointed.

  • graeme

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    After the debacle of the last week, together with the news that EVERY NUFC player was put up for sale in the transfer window, Bartons days at NUFC can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

    If he gets a big ban, the club will now hang him out to dry. It was only KK who kept him there, MA wanted to sack him when he got jailed and there is nothing to stop him doing it now. I have no sympathy for Barton, but he has enough to cope with at the moment.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon4Life – yes everyone deserves a second chance but do they deserve at 4th, 5th, 6th..?

    And how do you know he wasn’t paid while he was banged up? He got his lawyers involved when we wanted to reduce his wages – I can’t see how he would have done anything different if we didn’t pay him.

    Either way I bet he still gets paid while he is banned from playing by the FA. He’s a fcuking disgrace. You could see from that horrible smug face of his against Arsenal that being inside has taught him nothing.

    It’s only a matter of time until he drags us through the dirt again!!

    GET HIM OUT!!!!

    Ashley will go along way to redeeming himself in my eyes if he uses this ban as an excuse to sack him.


    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Keegan should be with joey at the hearing ,he publicly said he would ,Kev ,i dont like to say this but you may either look a coward or you will look like you dont keep your word regardless being our manager or not.For your own sake be there mate

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon Chicken – pretty sure in his contract it stipulates that he has to attend training and match days 😉

    Sure I understand why many supporters don’t want him, I’m just saying I can understand from a managers point of view why KK did…

    Nobody knows if he can be re-habilitated fully or even look like the Shadow of the Player he did at Man City, pretty sure Keegan felt he could make that happen as he was the one that brought the best out of him in the past but now…

    I see no point in throwing the 5 million we paid for him down the drain, (We spent less than that in the whole summer!) nobody is gonna pay that for him anyway which means we make him a squad player and hopefully he can contribute something to push us further up the table…


    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    I must admit that I fear that Barton will be sacked now that KK has gone. That would be very sad to see and I hope he can handle it if it comes that way round 🙁

  • Ericles

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley, now that KK has gone, will probably sack Barton whether the FA punishes him or not. Who is next to go? Terry Mac, Owen, Given, Butt, Harper? All were allies of Kevin. I think I can see Wise and the rest of the London mafia carrying out a night of the long knives after January 1st.

  • mag in boro

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    the smug look on JB face was aimed at the gooners baying for his blood(a crowd who welcomed back their twice convicted drink driving captain and white nosed winger back with open arms ) and their over reaction at what was a perfectly timed challenge which nasri couldnt handle and yeah he deserves a second chance because barring the incident he got banged up for everything else happened away from our club
    and while i agree that he is a nasty piece of work even someone as thick as joey realises he is on his last chance at newcastle regardless on if anyone wanted him during transfer window

  • Mick G

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    It would be silly for Keegan to turn up at Bartons hearing,can you imagine what it would be like.It would do Barton no favours at all,and KK knows this

  • clinta

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    No matter what happens today, ui doubt we’ll see much of joey again in a toon shirt anyway if the rumours of MA and co. trying to seel him on the sly last monday is anything to go by.

    but good luck!

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah your probably right, as a money man though I am hoping that MA realises that it would be really silly to fire him now, I can already see Redknapp rubbing his hands together in atticipation of signing up another Free Agent and pushing pompy into another European slot this year… 🙁

  • toonboylee

    Sep 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Good luck joey hope the fa are not too harsh

  • Tom

    Sep 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Good luck Joey, hope they are fair on you mate. This is the third time you’ve been punished for this after all!

  • Lee Atkinson

    Sep 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #28

    here comes the hipocrits again you all wanted barton sacked a month ago now u fear he will be get a grip of thing man im going to stop reading this blog because the comment are getting rediculous


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