It seems that Peter Lovenkrands feels sorry for Joey Barton.
Peter Lovenkrands – scoring against Wolves.
The Danish International thinks referees are being unfair to Joey Barton, and it’s all because of his past altercations, one of which even landed him in jail in the summer of 2008.
It seems that the Liverpudlian’s reputation goes before him, and referees and players alike are being unfair to him on the field of play.
This is what Peter said about his team-mate Joey today:
“Joey gets decisions given him against just because it’s Joey Barton that’s involved,” “There’s no doubt that officials look more towards Joey than they do to anybody else on the pitch.”
“If anything controversial happens, it’s his fault. It’s a shame for Joey because he’s a good player, but he’s always having to deal with other issues.”
“The treatment he’s getting is not fair, and I feel sorry for him. He’s dealing with it though and he deserves a lot of credit for that.” “The free-kick that Aston Villa scored from at the weekend was only awarded because it was Joey,” said Lovenkrands. “It happens to him all the time.
“We should have done better in terms of defending the set-piece, but Ashley Young seemed to be looking for Joey because he knew if he went down to him, the referee was going to be giving a foul.
“Then the booking at the end of the game was another prime example. I was stood right next to the situation. Joey runs away upfield and Reo-Coker runs right into him. Joey stops and gets clattered, but the referee turns around and gives Joey a booking. That can only be because of who he is.”
Is Peter right in what he says – yes probably – and you have to remember life is hardly fair – for anybody.
But there’s a danger here that people start to feel sorry for Joey, and even Joey, heaven forbid, could start to feel sorry for himself.
But that kind of victim stance never works, and the true but brutal truth is that some people in football are probably against Joey Barton, and that’s simply based of his past.
Joey did some terrible things, there’s no doubt about that, and he will admit that, but those actions have consequences, and dire actions have dire consequences.
If that means that referees are against him and that players try to rile him up in games, that’s just the way it is, and Joey will just have to deal with it.
Joey has to take responsibility for what he did, and the consequences of those actions.
And indeed one consequence is that Joey may not be able to enter the US in July, because he’s a convicted felon, and therefore will likely miss the Newcastle tour in the summer, because the US government will not give him a visa, if they follow precedent.
That will probably happen, but let’s not make Joey the victim in all of this – because he’s not.
But don’t get us wrong, we also think the 28 year-old has done just great over these last two years, both on and off the field, and it looks like he can keep it up too.
But feeling sorry for Joey Barton does nobody any good, including Joey.