Joey Barton has said he will phone Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen today, to apologize for the punch he threw at him in the game on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park.
Joey Barton – will apologize personally to Pedersen
Joey has also said he will always have anger-management issues, and thinks he will be unable to change his ways too much, after he accepted a three-match ban for punching Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The 28-year-old Newcastle midfielder admitted today:
“Everyone knows I have anger issues and on the pitch people are going to test my temperament. I’m not a changed man because it’s who I am. It’s something inside me, a natural instinct that makes me stand and fight.”
“I just continue to work at it.””I’ll always be fighting to curb it and it’s a battle for me. I have these anger issues but I know that when it turns to rage, like it did against Blackburn, it is not acceptable.”
“It was a moment of stupidity from me. I shouldn’t have reacted like that even if it was slightly provoked. I can’t condone it and I deserve a ban. I am human but I have made a mistake I regret.”
People can change, and there are ways to get over your anger, and we have to hope that Joey is continuing to have some therapy on this. Joey shouldn’t assume he’s going to be like he is now in the future, but the mind is very powerful and it usually likes to be right – so if he says it will not change – it will not.
If Joey thinks he will be able to overcome his demons, then that could well come out to be true too.
We know Joey Barton is trying his very best to become a calmer person both on and off the field, and this will come as a set-back to him – but we know he’s going to keep doing his very best to overcome his demons.
We support Joey fully on that.