We thought that Newcastle players cannot now tweet about anything to do with Newcastle?
Joey Barton – started trouble that had Gervinho sent off
That hasn’t stopped Joey Barton tweeting about yesterday’s sending off of Gervinho at St. James’ Park, after Joey had nicely taken the ball away from him in the penalty area, and Gervinho took a big dive.
“I hate CHEATS that dive to win penalties. If theres contact, go down, but dont try and con the ref.”
“Maybe I shouldnt have got involved but diving and trying to win a penalty is s**t.”
“If he doesnt dive, then the incident doesnt happen. He slapped me in the face – sending off or not?”
“I went down easy, no doubt. Still, you cant raise your hands.”
But Joey if you don’t go back to the scene and then drag the Ivorian up by his collar, the incident doesnt happen either.
Gervinho now faces an automatic three-game suspension after his debut game for The Gunners, and it could be that Alex Song also gets into trouble for stamping on Barton, earlier in the game.
While that incident was missed by referee Peter Walton, it can now be reviewed by the FA disciplinary committee and it seems the TV cameras caught the incident full view, and it did look like intentional stamping.
And at the time Joey was going to the officials with his shoe off complaining about what happened.
It was a bad foul by Song, and he could be in trouble, and Arsene Wenger loses two players through suspension, not just one.
A similar situation happened last season with Mike Williamson, after he had barged into Bolton striker Johan Elmander and the referee missed it, but he still got a three match ban. It’s similar to yesterday, because Newcastle also had Fabricio Coloccini sent off at Bolton.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said:
“The referee did not see the sending off incident. I am 100 per cent certain of this. This leaves me to ask just who made this decision.”
“Gervinho did not deserve his red card and we will be appealing against it.”
“We tried to play football but we were harshly treated. The incident does not do any credit to the Premier League. Barton was not hit hard enough to stay on the floor for two minutes.”
On the Song incident Wenger said:
“The referee was next to it. Perhaps he saw it as accidental?”
So let’s get this right, the Gervinho sending off should never have happened, and when another Arsenal player was seen to clearly stamp on Joey Barton it was accidental?
That’s why Arsene always loses credibility in these cases, because he conveniently never seems to see any of the Arsenal fouls, and he always comes over as a complainer, plain and simple.
Alan Pardew also weighed in on the Gervinho-Barton incident of yesterday:
“Gervinho dived and Joey reacted by trying to chastise him.” “He grabbed Joey and there was a tussle. Gervinho then slapped Joey and you cannot do that.”
“What has Joey done today? He’s been stamped on and slapped around the face. Joey was calm.”
“I had Alex Song with me at Charlton and he is a terrific lad. This was completely out of character.”
Wenger also commented that Newcastle only came into the game to defend, but that’s not the case, we were just not good enough up front to pose any threat.
That’s the real truth, and why we need another top striker quickly, but we still go a point, and a good point at that.
We’re happy enough.