No Way Barton Can Be Suspended Again – Surely

Oh no – Joey Barton will find out today whether he will be in trouble with the FA – again.

Joey Barton – not another 3 match ban – please

There is news in the Daily Telegraph that he may be in trouble for an obscene gesture said to be made towards Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Oh come on, this is a witch hunt against Joey, if indeed referee Mason reports the incident in his report of the game, and we have to hope there is no report of the incident.

Newcastle have already missed Joey Barton big time when he was rightly suspended for punching Morten Pedersen against Blackburn a few weeks back – but this is beyond the pale,

If he is suspended – and there are a number of steps to go before that will ever happen – then Newcastle must appeal it – and there is then obviously some vendetta against Joey if that happens.

Never mind that he was the best player on the pitch against Liverpool.

FA officials will today look at referee Lee Mason’s match report before deciding whether to act against the Newcastle midfielder.

The fact that Joey  has a history of poor behavior on and off the pitch is obviously driving this, and it seems the papers have picked up the gesture and trying to make  a big deal of it. It seems it’s all coming from the gossip press.

So what’s new?

They seem to be after Newcastle, and last week’s news would have delighted them, which by the way could be another good reason for the fans to get behind the Newcastle players..

An FA spokesman said:

“Essentially what will happen for an incident like that is that the FA will wait for the referee’s report and if the referee includes something about incident and that he had seen, it but it hadn’t warranted a caution then he may not get sanctioned at all.”

“The disciplinary people will sit down and if they need to get video evidence they will do. If there is other video evidence suggesting that he did break the rules then there is a chance that an investigation might take place.”

So it seems like if referee Mason saw the gesture and did nothing   there’s nothing he can do about it now – much like the Nigel de Jong tackle against Ben Arfa that Newcastle protested to the FA.

There’s a lot more than bad gestures go on in the PL these days – how about all the diving we see every weekend?

A player brushes by another – and he goes flying as though he’s just been hit by a bus – it’s pathetic – and nothing less than cheating.

We have to hope for common sense form the FA on this – but they’ve never shown any of that for a long long time.

But let’s not over-react until something happens  – this could all come to nothing, and that’s exactly what we think will happen – nothing – and presumably we will know today.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Fa are a bunch of c u n t s give joey a break it’s not his Torres don’t have any balls is it

  • Chris F

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    pretty sure the most they could do for something like this would be issue him with a fine for bringing the game into disrepute, rather than ban him.

    even so, it’s ludicrous that anything’s being made of it in the first place. Yes, it was crass and juvenile of Barton, but i fail to see how it is any worse than players chasing down a referee and screaming obscenities at the officials. Yet another case of Barton being singled out if you ask me.

    He should know better, but at the end of the day this is being blown out of all proportion.

    Torres ran half the length of the pitch to have a go at Barton, when Barton had done nothing wrong – Ngog was injured by his own player, and Barton is clearly seen protesting that a) he hadn’t seen him go down, nor had he heard the whistle – so he played on – what else was he meant to do?

    Torres initiated the whole situation, so if Barton gets reprimanded for anything, so should the Liverpool player for incitement.

    oh, and he can also come and suck on my balls as well if he wants to.

    what a bloody joke.

  • slazberger

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #3

    i think it would benifit us if the ref does put it in the report, as the FA can’t act on incidences if the ref admits he has seen it and dealt with it at the time.

    even if the ref doesnt mention it i cant see what the big deal is, as mentioned earlier by someone this is the press making mountains out of mole hills and the FA need to grow some if all they are doing is following the press like a puppy dog.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Come on, Ed. FA will re-write or delete the ref report ot suit themselves. The FA loves to kick anyone that they perceive as not their idea of a perfect gent. Joey has possibly insulted a foreign visitor, or perhaps just replied to one he received.

    How long till the players need FA permission to challenge for a ball in the other teams possession?

    Gotta admit though, that certain NUFC midfielders are a chatty lot, and don’t give the opposition or refs a moments silence.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    I was at the match and watched the highlights on MOTD and Barton is actually (incredibly) innocent of this one. Every other Liverpool player but Torres seemed to know that but Torres was just frustrated with his own performance and kept mouthing off at Barton.

    So there you go, he did nowt wrong so I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if they ban Barton for 3 games again in that case!

    FA are mugs. Do NOWT right.

  • slazberger

    Dec 13, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    big sams just got the sack, he can take on the job at real madrid now lol.

    i wonder if CH will be in with a shout for the job.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Witch hunt is the right word Ed. How can we a small club have the audacity to win against Liverpool. Anyway now it’s time for Pardew to show what he’s made of and stick up for a player doing nothing worse than what was accepted by the World when Jackson did it.

  • lewman

    Dec 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #8

    he pretended to smoke something pointed at torres then pointed at his knob, he probably meant have you been smoking something fernando, it will all come out in your pee so be careful.
    just a bit of advice from one player to another. that would be my defence if i was joey anyways

  • Lynxie

    Dec 13, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    How is this right? I watched match of the day and clearly saw Martin Petrov of Bolton, tell the referee to f*ck off when his goall was disallowed. Double standards here? You bet. Also, if the assessor gives a true indication of MASON’S performance, why should the premier league take any notice of Masons report, as he clearly got f*ck all else correct on the night, the useless tosser. Where do we get these referees man?

  • chuck

    Dec 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Joey! Joey! Joey!, guys gotta be especially carefull with the kinda refs we got to-day.
    Cant celebrate by waving your shirt, but you can do all the hugging and kissing you want.
    Look genuine dissent, like a f**k you to the ref or a taunting ok, but seems there`s a petty Napoleon complex that many refs apply to to-days game, resulting in stoppages and cards being handed out for minor stuff.

  • stunna

    Dec 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #11

    lewman = hilarious

  • bentoon

    Dec 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Pathetic. Torres ran the length of the pitch to get in Joeys face after he did nothing wrong. He picked the ball up instead of kicking out aswell to show that he wasnt upset by the stoppage.
    Torres needs to shut his mouth and concentrate on not being such a diving tosser.

    Joey B for Prime Minister!

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Torres said to Barton I’ll see you in the tunnel after the game and Barton said you ain’t got the balls to well that’s what I heard it was

  • shearer4pm

    Dec 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #14

    if only we had waited another week to sack hughton we could of had big sam in charge. we missed a great opertunity then 🙁


  • tjshawsey

    Dec 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    ” if indeed referee Mason reports the incident in his report of the game, and we have to hope there is no report of the incident.”
    Hang on Ed,
    If the referee doesn’t report the incident then the FA will be able to punish him!?!


    Dec 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Witchhunt is the right word here!

    If anyone should be banned then ban Torres for being a TOSSER !

  • mattnufc

    Dec 13, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #17

    I think a warning is all that is needed for this. A 3 match ban would be out of proportion.

  • dublin mag steve

    Dec 13, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #18

    looks like bartons iner demons havent gone as far away as we thought he needs to relax it looked like there was no talking to him on saturday he seemed to loose the plot a bit, any1 else think its odd we were so bad day b4 chris got the sack and joey got (injured) the players were as bad against the baggies as they were against villa on doomsday 09 just doesnt look right i wonder if they already knew, just a thought thats all

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 14, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope he is not banned we need him!

    ….and dont call me Shirley


    Dec 14, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #20

    The biggest test for Barton and the whole team, is going to be the visit of Man Shitey next week!

    All the players will have to be up for it but at the same time constrain themselves from making rash tackles and gestures!
    Otherwise the whole team could get suspended for six games.

    I would fly Ben Arfa in specially for the occasion, if anyone has a gripe with Phycho- de Jong, its him! Maybe he could hit him over the head with his walking stick. That would be a gesture for the F.A.

    To quote Keegan, “I would just love it if we beat them”.

  • Visten

    Dec 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Does any football fan have anything good to say about the FA the bunch of crusty old f***ers

  • danf98

    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    #20 benny boy aint got a walking stick, the kids a machineeeeeeee

  • dave 1961

    Dec 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    I would love it if one of those pakinanee’s blew up Wembley stadium with the FA in it, I would become a part time Muslim, why go to Sweden when we have such lovely targets here, when is a witch hunt actually harassment? the FA are a bunch of tossers.

  • geordieal

    Dec 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    If the fa do act on this, then it just shows how pathetic they are, I wonder if anything will be done about ferdinands kick on the arsenal player last night, he goes up for a header and kicks him I’m the stomach, ref didn’t see that but doubt anything will happen!

  • Brewcastle

    Dec 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #25

    I guess Barton tried to be nice with Torres, and simulated “You’ll never wa*k alone….”


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