Let’s just say one thing up front – we are very pleased that Joey Barton is not a player at Newcastle any longer.
Joey Barton – being forcibly removed by QPR officials
And he’s the captain?
We supported Joey over te last couple of years, when it looked like he had taken a little control of his demons, but since he got that twitter account about a year ago – he’s been nothing but trouble.
A Twitter account and Joey Barton are like oil and water – they just don’t mix very well.
And the club that has to put up with all the bad publicity the Liverpudlian brings is these days is QPR, who are paying Joey £75K/week for the privilege.
Let’s just tell it as it is – Joey was a disgrace to English football in that final game of the season at QPR – and he almost was the cause of QPR being relegated.
That match was watched by millions and millions of viewers around the world, and his antics were a complete embarrassment to English football.
Barton has just received a 12 match ban from the FA – who had this to say yesterday:
“An independent regulatory commission has today dealt with two charges of violent conduct against Joey Barton, arising from the game against Manchester City, resulting in an eight-match suspension and £75,000 fine for the Queens Park Rangers midfielder.
“This eight-match suspension is to run consecutively to the four-game suspension Barton was already given for his dismissal in the fixture, making a total of 12 matches.
“Following Barton’s dismissal in the 54th minute of the match, there followed two incidents involving Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. As Barton had already been dismissed, both of these incidents fell outside the jurisdiction of the referee.
“Barton accepted the charge of violent conduct against Aguero but denied the second breach of violent conduct against Kompany. The commission, however, found this second charge proved.
“Barton is already serving a four-match suspension for his dismissal in the match, which consists of three matches for violent conduct plus one match as this was the player’s second dismissal of the season.
“The two further breaches for violent conduct ordered he be suspended for eight matches to run consecutively to the four matches, taking the total suspension to 12 matches.”
Barton was shown a red card at the Etihad Stadium for elbowing Carlos Tevez, but that wasn’t the end of it all – as he then viciously kicked Sergio Aguero before the mad-man tried to head butt the City captain Vincent Kompany.
It seems Joey got a four match ban for his first offense against Carlos Tevez, and then four games each for the other two offenses as he was leaving the field.
All self inflicted by Joey Barton himself – on himself - you talk about shooting yourself in the foot – he aimed a couple of cannons and blew his legs off.
Joey’s conduct has been condemned by the Chairman of the Regulatory Commission, who had this to say last night:
“There are rules of conduct that should be adhered to, and such behaviour tarnishes the image of football in this country, particularly as this match was the pinnacle of the domestic season and watched by millions around the globe.”
And he’s right that the game was watched by millions of viewers around the world – and what a way for ther Premier League season to end.
QPR said they will now begin their own internal investigation and a spokesman for the London club had this to say last night:
“QPR will be making no comment in regard to the Joey Barton case. Internal investigation will begin in due course.”
It will be interesting to see what QPR do with Joey, but in the normal world Joey could be fired for cause – which means they end this contract because of the events that happened in the second half against Manchester City.
Of course he wasn’t even fired when he was sentenced to jail for sx months for assault in 2008, when he was a Newcastle player - so maybe that will not happen – but there’s always a possibility it could.
And Joey’s tweets after the event, especially the way he brutally condemned and ridiculed Alan Shearer, were simply another disgrace.
We were surprised a little that Alan didn’t sue the pants off Joey – but Alan acted with class and dignity – and said nothing – but he’ll probably land one on Joey the next time he seems him in private.
Here’s a video of the events if you really want to see it all again:
What do you think?