Joey’s Apology To Pedersen Gets Good Press

Joey Barton is currently serving a three match ban for punching Morten Pedersen in the chest,  in last Wednesday’s game with Blackburn Rovers.

Joey Barton – apology to Pedersen – well received

And of course the gossip press covered the incident in detail, as further evidence of  Barton’s woeful  character and past troubles.

But we have to say that we’ve been impressed with some of the things Joey has said after the incident, as he seems to be trying very hard to get over his anger problems, and seemed truly sorry for losing his temper on the field.

Of course getting suspended for three games is not good at all, and we have to hope it will be a long long time before he does anything like this again on the football pitch – if ever.

Joey apologized fully to the Blackburn winger after the event, and even had some good publicity coming out of it, as the Norwegian was impressed with Joey’s apology.

This is what Pedersen said yesterday:

“I couldn’t answer the phone at that moment but he left a nice message on my answering machine and I called him up the minute we had finished our team meeting.”

“Joey shows that there is more to him than what came out on the pitch the other day, and I really appreciate it. It’s not everyone who has the courage to call to apologize after such an episode, but Joey did without hesitation.”

“Both me and Joey are professional and fully agree to put this behind us, and that we can laugh about the whole thing next time we meet.”

Joey will miss the game at Bolton, and the following game at home to Chelsea, but will then be available for the game away at West Brom on Sunday, 5th December.

Comments always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • roy cropper

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    i’ve said it before & i’ll say it again – joey you should’a knocked his heed off.

    3 game ban for a kiddie type slap – hang your heed in shame laddie.

  • AlanSmith.

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    lets be honest here. he was in the wrong and this is the kinda thing we want off our pitches in england! no place for violence in the game of football. having said that it takes a certain decency in a man to own up to being wrong and apologise. i cant think of many footballers that would do such a thing. i dont know such as.. DE JONG!

    Good on you Joey, We’re all behind you kid!

  • partizanovec

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree with roy cropper here. Joey shoud have kicked him in the face!
    I will always remember pedersen by this:

  • roy cropper

    Nov 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    @ 3 – after watching that joey should have been decorated & carried aroond the city centre shoulder high with pedersen being tied to the team coach & dragged back to blackburn.

  • roy cropper

    Nov 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    with the bus doing no more than 5 miles/hour so everyone could give him a good kicking as he passed by..

  • AlanSmith.

    Nov 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    hahahahaha just seen it. yeah diving shouldnt be allowed in the game either. and that shows that joey is the bigger man. owning up to it and apologising for it.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #7

    So Joey ( and probably lots of others) have anger management issues. When someone exploits those weaknesses, they earn an apology? If Barton was physically handicapped & someone hurt him, that would be abuse. How is this different?
    Anyways, who expects Balckburn & maybe Pedersen to not try to wind Joey up the next time they meet?
    And if anything goes wrong on the pitch, who do you think wioll be singled out as the perp?

  • davis_toons

    Nov 18, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Video NOT for the Weak. (Canning)

    DE JONG – shld he get this?


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