Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear called last night for an FA inquiry after both Newcastle players Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez were pelted with bottles, as they warmed up to make their entry into the games as substitutes.
Joey Barton yesterday – after he came on as sub
Barton had been using an advertising hoarding to warm up and do some stretching exercises on, but after the disturbance he was moved on by the police.
And Joey then kissed the Newcastle United badge on his tracksuit, as he was led away towards the dugout, further inciting the Sunderland fans, and that’s something he will need to cut out in the future. Something we saw Wayne Rooney also do yesterday to incite fans at his old club Everton, hardly a mature action on Rooney’s part.
But Newcastle fans will have to get used to the fact that now Barton is back, he will be solidly booed by away crowds, and even egged on by other players. It’s not going to be easy for the Liverpool lad, but we don’t agree with Kinnear either that it’s not his fault.
This is what Barton has brought on himself, and this is the hole that he dug for himself, and now has to get out of somehow. And while we don’t condone this treatment by the fans, we nevertheless know it’s going to happen for quite a while.
Joey could do worse than use the way David Beckham handled the situation after the 1998 World Cup. In that vital game he was sent off in the quarter-final tie against Argentina, and even had death threats after that.
But that was one of the experiences that turned Beckham into the well adjusted adult he is now. even idolized now over here in the USA. In those days David just took it all, and kept his cool for a player who then was just 23 years old.
Barton was a late substitute in the 2-1 defeat for Newcastle, the club’s first defeat on Wearside in 28 years. 🙁
Kinnear told the Shields Gazette after the game:
“I didn’t see it as I was watching the game, but it’s up to the FA to look at it”.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Joey starts against WBA on Tuesday evening, and he can start putting in some good games, because his salvation is surely in rescuing his football career, and becoming the great player for Newcastle we know he can become.