We had mentioned this when Newcastle announced their American tour in April, that it was unlikely thai Joey Barton would get a US Visa to be able to tour America.
Joey Barton – with daughter on May 22nd
Once you have a felony charge, and in the summer of 2008, Barton was jailed after admitting assault and battery in the Liverpool city center which was caught on CCTV cameras, it is unlikely you will be given a US Visa – ever.
And as expeted, Joey has not been able to get a US Visa dn so will not tour the US with Newcastle.
On April 6th we had this article out which reported it was very unlikely Barton would be able to get a US Visa, because there are hard and fast rules, and of course they apply to everybody.
Barton has said he regrets not being able to go, but did not expect to be treated any differently than anyone else in a similar situation.
Newcastle will leave for their US tour this coming Sunday, with three matches on the agenda, against Sporting Kansas, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.
The news is that Barton will now travel to Holland with the Reserve team, which will play Hollandia, FC Utrecht and Almere City in a mini-tour.
This is what Barton said today:
“Unfortunately, I was denied my visa due to my past.”
“I regret not being able to travel with the club on this trip, but at the same time, I don’t expect to be treated any differently or more favourably than anyone else in a similar situation.”
“All I can do is continue to improve as a person, which is what I intend to do.”
“Again, apologies to all the NUFC supporters, as well as the fast-growing legions of football supporters, in the United States who I was looking forward to meeting.”
“I will see you in the future.”
Those are mature words from Joey and we hope he means exactly what he says, but there have been some unwanted tweets from Joey recently, that have not helped him.
We assume the club and Joey himself, knew a few weeks ago he would not be given a US Visa, and that now was the time to let the news out.
Actions have consequences, and basically because of Joey’s jail time three years ago, he will never be allowed into the United States.