There was a very sad incident in the second half when Joey Barton clashed with Pedersen, and was seem to punch the Norwegian in the chest.
Joey Barton – FA will probe the incident
It was caught on video, and a little later Joey was seen trying to explain to Pedersen he was just lightly slapping him, but this could get Joey into trouble as he seemed again to lose his temper.
Chris Hughton said he hadn’t seen the incident and Sam Allardyce refused to comment on the small altercation.
This is what Chris said about the incident after the game:
“I haven’t seen the incident – I’ll of course look at it as soon as I get the opportunity,”
Unfortunately the press could jump on this, but it wasn’t too big a deal, but there again Joey shouldn’t be punching people during the game.
It would be a great pity if Joey gets punished for this, since he;s been very good this season and has kept himself out of trouble – until last night that is.
Here’s the video of it – Joey looks very angry when he does punch Morten Gamst Pedersen after they had brushed by each other.
The news is that referee Michael Jones will review the video of the incident, because he did not see the it during the game – and presumably neither did his two assistants – wonder what they were dong?
Joey could then possibly face an English FA probe after this incident, and that would be a big set-back in Joey’s presumed rehabilitation on the football field this season.
Cheick Tiote will miss the Saturday game against Fulham, which promises to be a similar game to last night, as he picked up his 5th yellow card, so Alan Smith will get his chance to shine in the defensive midfield position.