Joey Barton has never been one to shirk a tackle on the football field, and he has always been a tough tackling player in his career.
Joey Barton – tough tackling midfielder
With the displays of Lee Catermole this season, there’s been some debate about whether referees are coming down too hard on some players – like Lee – but certainly we don’t think Catermole has been unjustly handled by referees this season, he’s deserved to be sent off twice this season already.
And we still remember his ridiculous challenge on Joey Barton a couple seasons ago, when Lee played at Wigan under Steve Bruce, when he should have been sent off but wasn’t.
That tackle broke Joey’s foot, and the Liverpudlian was out of action for several months, and that certainly didn’t help our relegation fight either.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has complained more than once that teams often go after his players, and there may even be some truth in that, but football is not like basketball – it’s a contact sport and will remain so.
And Joey has rightly said this morning that hard tackles are part of the game, as long as the player is after the ball – and not the man.
Joey said today:
“I don’t know what has gone on at Arsenal or what their situation is, but it is a contact sport so there are going to be challenges made,” “I think the fans in England like to see challenges being made in a game.”
“As long as it’s fair, I don’t think there is a problem. As long the intention is to win the ball.” “But if players are going into the challenge looking to take someone out or to injury them, if it malicious, then it has to be outlawed.”
“Referees already have a hard enough job, but they get things right most of the time and I’m sure that will continue.”
Joey’s absolutely right in what he says, but sometimes, to give the referees some cover, it’s hard to know whether the player has really gone after the ball or not, and mistakes have been made by referees both ways.
But if Lee Catermole thinks he can take cover, and say that he is simply going for the ball with some of his tackles, he may be disappointed.
We’re not big fans of Lee, as you may have already guessed, and who does he play for again?