Joey Barton Plus Twitter Equals Big Trouble


News today that the English FA is getting concerned about the use of Twitter among the players under its jurisdiction.

Joey Barton – started using Twitter in May

Joey Barton has made headlines throughout the summer for his tweets, and on Saturday made headlines for his altercation with Arsenal’s Gervinho, which led to the Ivorian getting a red card and Joey getting a yellow card.

And I watched the game last night when Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored two and made another an he only was on the filed for about 30 minutes, after he had come on as a substtite.

And I just happened to look up Joey’s Twitter account   last night, and he had been tweeting some comments as the game was being played – but who cares?

And since professional players have lots of free time, we suppose sending out tweets about their opinions on everything under the sun, at least fills their time, but how narcissistic can you get?

The FA are presumably concerned that Joey on his twitter account risks bringing the game into disrepute when he criticizes the Newcastle management and other things.

And even tweeting about what happened in his altercation with Gervinho on Saturday surely cannot be allowed to happen after every game?

Barton has had Newcastle in the headlines over the summer conisistently, and also on Saturday for all the wrong reasons.

And we have to think the powers that be at Newcastle, and that’s Ashley and LLambias and not Pardew, are not too happy with Joey right now.

Newcastle have attempted to limit their players’ use if twitter to things not to do with Newcastle United or football, and Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Jonás Gutiérrez and Danny Simpson all have Twitter accounts.

The Newcastle rules put out last week about Twitter was that their players cannot discuss football matters on social media sites.

Isn’t that what Joey did on Sunday about the Arsenal game, and fueled a frenzy among Sunday’s gossip press?

The news today is that all new contracts at Newcastle will now include rules about the use of social networking sites.

Barton’s problems started when he joined Twitter in May, and now has over 394,000 followers, all of whom were hanging on Joey’s every tweet last night during the Man City 4-0 win over new boys Swansea.

We don’t think so.

But social networking is now used by the youngsters, my kids use it too,  so we suppose the FA will be coming out with some guidance on the matter = they have to.

It’s almost like players have to be protected for their own good,  from Twittter.

Specifically for the sake of Newcastle United and Joey Barton himself, his use of Twitter has to have some limits put on it, and quickly too.

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

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  • drongo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    personally I find Joeys Tweets very entertaining. Pardew probably got it spot on when he said he hits the nail on the head with a lot of his social commentary, but there are some limits.
    Something that gives fans and players a chance to interact – albeit in a virtual world, is no bad thing.

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  • supervil

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    All you get from saying “1st” is AIDs of the penis. Totally gaaaaaaaaay.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    hahahhaha I got no comment on this post anyway

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  • supervil

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Well then spare us the “1st” bollocks.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Joey’s twitter, new story? bored of it

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  • supervil

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Stop commenting then! Do something else. Eat some sushi, read some Neitzsche…

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  • partizanovec

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Not only Barton was tweeting last night, but also Simpson. He was saying “pony” for Džeko. How disrespectful is that?

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  • shaun83

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Joeys tweets last night were perfectly acceptable and complementary about both teams and players, happy for him to use twitter for that, it’s the ngative, argumentative stuff that’s damaging

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Nicky Maynard is not a bad signing at all. But swapping with Best is rubbish. I rate Leon Best even better than Ba to be honest. Bring Maynard in and throw Ameobi/Lovenkrands away. So we have

    Best,Ba,Maynard,Lovenkrands

    Fighting for the lone spot. And Maynard is very fast as well.

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Irony.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    what the hell is wrong with u, supervil? you act like in your period or something

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  • Cardboy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    You’ll not stop him tweeting unless you don’t pick him to play for a while. We all know full well and he knows we need him, playing well and to be fair his influence overall in the game last Saturday probably got us the point. He just needs to rein it in a bit, nothing wrong with having opinions. By the way, what he said about Shearer was not right.

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  • supervil

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Drongo – “..is no bad thing”. Are you sure about that? Fundamentally, maybe. But you have to bear in mind that we’re dealing with footballers here. Fellow drongos, dunderheeds, put simply… idiots. They don’t have a filter because they don’t understand the real world and how to interact within it. A few examples… *ahem*…

    Enrique fashioned a move from the club by ranting about the club on Twitter. Barton slagged the club off and has nearly called an end to his career with us. Nasri has slagged off his own fans to fashion a move away from Arsenal. Rio Ferdinand caused a security alert at the White House. Piers Morgan is allowed to put his personal view on the world across…

    NO BAD THING!? I beg to differ.

    In saying that, I’m obsessed with Barton’s twitter feed.

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  • supervil

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    No Redondo, I’m not. It’s just you have to sift through the first few comments of people battling to say “1st”. It winds me up. You act like you’ve just discovered the internet.

    Why do you people want to put “1st” on everything? It just looks completely and utterly gay.

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  • drongo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Off topic – why dont we go in for Landon Donovan

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    ok sorry supervil

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    nicky maynard was being courted by liverpool not too long ago, he can score from anywhere as well, quick and tricky, would be very good. but keep best

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  • drongo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    @ supervil Would you rather Jose went on strike like HBA did?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    @ drongo why would we be after a right winger weve already got obertan and jonas plus joey can play there

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  • quinnaldo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    What is the difference between doing an interview post match and using twitter? Joey seems to be an interesting and itelligent footballer, which is why he is getting so much attention. Probably 99% of footballers neither have anything interesting to say that would cause such debate. As far as i am concerned I am yet to disagree with anything Joey has said on twitter!!!!!

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  • drongo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I presume no more news on Pieters BTW…? Cant see anything on newsnow

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  • drongo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Donovan clan play left / right or through the middle… just a thought – hes a class act I think. Showed he can cut it in the PL too

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Was anyone else surprised by our ambition to land aly cissohko?

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  • bentoon

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    I enjoy reading Bartons insights into things, hes a very intelligent and articulate bloke. As long as he’s not bieng a numpty and writing stuff about NUFC i dont care.

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  • mushy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Twitter is merely a very convenient and powerful communications vehicle. Of course, those who choose to use it must act responsibly, or suffer the consequences.
    Banning the use of Twitter across the board is rediculous.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Joey should get off Twitter – He is a professional footballer with a quick temper – not the best when using a quick easy to use frustration online medium… crazy if you ask me.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed, I think you’re taking this a bit too far – almost to an irrational hatred. His tweets are funny and a breath of fresh air, it’s not just him who comments on games look at Rio Ferdinand for example.

    toonarmy1892.blogspot.com

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  • Nufcjb

    Aug 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed..

    If like u said, nobody cares about Joey’s twitter opinionis, then why the heck are u checking up on his twitter last night? N why are u so worried about him giving his opinion through twitter? I fu dont care, then dont post anything related to it..not a single comment..

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