The FA has confirmed that Joey Barton will face no further action, after Joey flicked out a hand towards Abgonlahor’s nose on Monday night.
That’s good, but apparently the altercation has not been allowed to end there, and now the FA is to wait and see if the Aston Villa club will make an official complaint, following some allegations – unfounded as far as we can tell – that Joey Barton racially abused Gabriel Agbonlahor, in Newcastle’s win on Monday night.
An FA spokesman said today:
“We are aware of the rumors circulating and have had a number of calls on the subject, but it is difficult to comment any further on something that has no further substance to it.”
“We take seriously any allegations of racist abuse and will obviously act accordingly if we receive any official complaint from Aston Villa.”
We’d be surprised if Aston Villa make anything of this. We think the altercation is making a mountain out of a mole hill, as Joey indicated yesterday. Hey, these are grown men, and we’re sure some things are said in the heat of the moment – but they are hardly the fabric of a law suit. They will get insults from other players all the time, but we all get that – they should try running a web site.
Agbonlahor’s agent Tim Webb has said that Villa are looking into the matter, but again we would not expect any action to be taken by them.
Webb told The Guardian today:
“I have not spoken to Gabby. It was a day off for him on Tuesday because he has such a hectic schedule with Villa and his mobile has been turned off.”
“I am aware that Villa are looking into the situation.”
But this is a good indication to Joey that anything he does on the field will be magnified and looked at in great detail, because there is a section of people out there, who will believe he should not still be in the game.
It looks like they will do everything they can to make his life that much more difficult during his comeback.
Unfortunately for Joey, that’s the way it is, and he’s going to have to go through this to make a successful comeback.