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.
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