Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, after punching Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen on Wednesday night during the Newcastle – Blackburn Rovers game.
Joey Barton – charged with assault by FA
The incident was missed by referee Michael Jones, but it was caught on video, and during the game the TV commentators showed how Barton seemed to lose his temper, shortly After Andy Carroll’s equalizing goal, and hit the Blackburn player in the chest, with his fist.
Barton has now received a disciplinary charge, after the FA today reviewed the actual video of the incident this morning, and to be truthful it was clear that Barton punched Pedersen in the chest.
Barton has until 6:00 pm tomorrow night, to reply to the charge, and under the new FA’s fast-track regulations, may admit the charge and accept an immediate and standard three match suspension.
We don’t think Newcastle or Joey can do anything but to accept the charge, given the clearness of the video against him, and we suppose it means he will miss the next 3 games.
And unfortunately, that comes after Cheick Tiote will also miss the next game, after collecting his 5th yellow card in the game last night.
This is the very last thing Joey Barton or the Newcastle United club needed to happen – and again we are making headlines for all the wrong reasons, and it has interrupted a great season for Joey so far, and these will be the first games he will miss this term.
And now who is going to put in those crosses for Andy Carroll to head home?