Feeling Sorry For Joey Barton Doesn’t Help

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    poor joey…….

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    well its all his fault wat he did in his past its just haunting him now

  • Markaccus

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #3

    The law in England is that, even if you have a bad past, you are not guilty of a present crime until proven so. Referees are going against the law of the land when they persicute joey. Its almost as if you’re saying he deserves it, Ed! And if joey suffers, so does the rest of the team if a decision ends with us losing, and not many of our other players have bad pasts. Do they deserve the punnishment?

  • lewman

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    why would a feel sorry for a bloke who gets paid a fortune to play football in the premier league and when he isnt doing that he is still getting paid a fortune to work out in a gym or train on some reallly nice pitches.

    if you play sunday league then you have to pay to play and if you want to join a gym its the same.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Ah, so lewman, if you were paid a fortune, would you accept being treated like lepper and take unfair persicution so lightly?

  • jimiley

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Nobody should feel sorry for the self professed best English midfielder. A legend in his own mind who probably thinks he’s better than Messi. Cloth for brains.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Jimiley, although I’m no expert, I’m pretty sure that arrogance is worthy of niether jail or even a yellow card.

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    we must be the only set of fans that slags of our own players even when they are a vital part of the team and one of the reasons we are doing so well in our first season back in the prem. without him, tiote and nolan, we would probably be bottom of the league. why dont we start backing the players. everyone has done bad things in the past but because he is a pro footballer, we expect him to not be able to act like a normal human being. not one of us knows him as a person so what gives us he right to judge him. its pathetic

  • Markaccus

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Spot on adi-b. No wonder other fans laugh at us, the way some go on. Might as well be makems if they want to down their own team

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Thanks Markaccus. So many people in the world of football say that we are some of the best fans in the world but if they came on here, they would change their minds. I will support joey until he leaves the club. I couldnt do what he does and for someone like alan shearer to come out and say, “joey deserves credit” obviously shows he is a decent bloke. Joey for me is either the player of the season or a close 2nd behind tiote

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    In my sports playing days, I always listened to what the opponents were saying about me. That way I knew I had their mind of the contest. And listening to them (plus my taunting) often sent them into actions detrimental to themselves or their team. So Joey, channel the hate, keep your cool, and let the opponents weaken themselves trying to get the better of you, rather than their concentrating on winning the match.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    i personally take people as i find them regardless of their previous reputation. my son who works in an establishment where he often gets to chat with joey reckons he is one of the nicer guys of the squad.i have never met him , but i”m sure that if i did,first impressions would stand above reputation. so if i can do it , why cant a referee, he is supposed to be inpartial for f..ks sake . but refs, like a lot of people, need to be educated, and learn not to pass judgement, on someone they dont know,or in a referees case, cheat a player just because they call him joey barton, sad , sad people

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Joey put alot of pressure on himself with that statement of ” England’s best” and that affected his game on Sunday,he was almost trying too hard,coming infield alot to justify his claims. 1 particular incident stands out where he beat Makoun and instead of passing tried to nutmeg Petrov aswell who nicked the ball and we almost conceded from the resultant attack but for a onehanded save by Harps from Agbonlahor. He needs to play the way he’s been playing all season by sticking out on the RW and keeping the team’s shape. Yes I know he prefers CM but if you look at his best games (Lpool,mackems at home and W.Ham away) he was discplined and stuck to the inner Right channel where he was brilliant. But against Villa he was straying into CM leaving Guthrie and Collo unsure while narrowing the play.


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