Joey Barton has rightly issued a statement following his 3 game suspension for violent conduct, when he was seen to punch Morten Pedersen in the game against Blackburn on Wednesday evening.
Joey Barton – issues an apology – seems really sorry
There’s no way we can condone what Barton did on Wednesday night, but it’s still going to be blown way out of proportion, and will hardly help his seemingly honest attempt at changing his ways both on and off the field, over the last couple of years.
This is Joey’s statement:
“I fully accept that I was in the wrong on this occasion and accept the charge that the FA have brought against me. I would like to apologize to Chris Hughton, my team-mates, our supporters and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn Rovers.
“This season I have really been enjoying my football and although I have been on the receiving end of a few robust challenges, I have, up until now, remained calm in the face of provocation and just carried on with the game. But I hold my hands up; I reacted badly to the situation on Wednesday night and I deeply regret it.”
“I have been working very hard to keep that side of my game under control and I think it has showed in the way I have been able to get on and enjoy my football this season. I look forward to trying to get back into the team once my suspension is over and helping the club maintain its good start to the season.”
That’s an excellent statement from Joey in the circumstances, and as we said, he seems to be really trying to control his temper, but yes, he lost if for a few seconds against Blackburn and has paid the penalty.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seemed agitated when he told Sky Sports last night that these things happen in almost every game at weekends all over the country, and he thought Joey’s case had been blowing way out of proportion, but did of course then say the midfielder’s conduct was unacceptable.
We accept the action taken by the FA, and it is of course disappointing to lose Joey for three games. He has worked so hard on his game this season, but he knows that he can’t react the way he did on Wednesday,”“I think he has progressed as a person. That’s the reason why I think he’ll be sorry and disappointed in effect he’s reacted the way he has,”
“ I can only comment on what I’ve seen of him for the period of time I’ve had him. He showed at Wolves away with extreme provocation, that he’s able to maintain a certain discipline. unfortunately yesterday he did react. There was provocation.”
“It is because it’s Joey that there’s more made of it but we are conscious of how he has reacted and I know he’ll be very disappointed.” “Whichever way you want to look at it, even if you say there was little provocation, there was some provocation and he’s reacted. It was a wrong thing to do and he’ll be very disappointed he reacted there.”
This will only make teams in the future try to rile Joey up and further provoke him, and he’s got to be prepared for it, although the referees should also crack down on this, if it becomes obvious what they are trying to do.
It seems that Morten Pedersen did exactly that on Wednesday evening, and when he was hit by Joey, you would have thought Mike Tyson had just landed a right punch square on his chin. These footballers are really wonderful actors these days.
One thing is for certain, Joey has shown this season he’s still a wonderful player, and it will be well worth it for Chris and the Newcastle United club, to keep helping Joey to get over his demons, and he’s been fairly successful at that – up until Wednesday evening.
We hope Joey can become a great player for Newcastle in the future, because there’s still a lot of time for him to do just that, and hopefully he will learn from this latest infraction.