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.