As expected Newcastle’s Joey Barton has been banned for three games by the FA.
Joey Barton – accepts 3 match ban – apologizes
Joey accepted a charge of violent conduct today , after the FA had reviewed video tape of him punching Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen in the chest in last night’s Newcastle – Blackburn game, after the two had brushed by each other early in the second half.
Since the video shows Joey doing exactly that – punching Pedersen in the chest – the Newcastle player has wisely decided to accept the charge, and will now miss Newcastle’ s next 3 matches against Fulham at home on Saturday, Bolton away and Chelsea at home.
Barton has apologised to “Chris Hughton, my team-mates, our supporters and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn” for the incident in Wednesday’s Premier League match.
The italics are the words used by Joey today.
Joey will be a big miss to Newcastle, and we would expect that he will also receive a club fine, for his daft actions of last night.
This was a spur of the moment thing with Joey last night, but he must learn to control his temper on the field of play.
However, this will again hurt his image, which has been improving nicely this season with his exemplary conduct both on and off the pitch – until last night.