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Has Joey Barton Finally Cooked His Own Goose?

11:11 am, Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Joey Barton · Newcastle News · Other News

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // May 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Joey is possessed , just can not help himself to self destructing

    Still a fan of the guy though

  • 2 i Toon // May 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Joey is a ticking time bomb

  • 3 TheChippedFifth // May 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Realizing all your earth wind and fire vinyl has been stolen is too good for Ashley.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // May 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Sickening seeing that fellow thug and neanderthal Danny Mills saying Barton was hard done by – WTF!!!!!!!! Didn’t exactly stop us going down and so nearly did for QPR as well. So cowardly kneeing people from behind when they’re off guard. Sums the pseudo-intellectual up. What a lovely family.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // May 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    chipped please leave it to jail. Plageurism is a bit sad

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I for one am a fan of The Chipped fifth,except for when he abuses other posters,bill-son latex doll jokes excepted.

  • 7 Graeme // May 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    He was only showing John Terry how it should be done!!

    We have to be thankful that he is no longer a NUFC player and all this is now somebody else’s problem to deal with.

    Its most unlikely he will be sacked, but in the unlikely event QPR grew some balls and gave him a P45, Joey would soon find gainful employment in one team or another. QPR would only lose out on any potential transfer fee they could get; Joey would probably get a pay cut, but his life would go on as normal!! Or at least for what passes as normal for him!!

  • 8 LooneyToon41 // May 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I remember after NUFC decided to offer Barton as a free transfer last year, his agent (Willie Mckay) said that the decision by NUFC was ‘suicidal’. I’d so love to laugh in Mckay’s face!

  • 9 Colo-Sus // May 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Joey Barton’s Record: Appauling Pretentious Human Being

    2004: February – Barton red carded for the first time in Manchester City’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.
    April – Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.
    July – Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.
    December – Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during City’s Christmas party. Fined six weeks’ wages by the club. Forced to pay four weeks’ salary – approximately £60,000 – immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning £65,000 in damages.
    2005: July – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City’s team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks’ wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
    2006: September – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
    December – Shown the second red card of his career – this time a straight red – for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City’s 2-0 home defeat by Bolton.
    2007: May – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged with assault, and on 1st July 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which are suspended and a £25,000 fine.
    27th December – Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and misses Newcastle’s New Year fixtures, being released on 3rd January.
    2008: 20th May – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.
    2009: 3rd May – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso. Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is suspended by the club two days later.
    2010: 10th November – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat for Newcastle at St James’ Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for three games.
    2011: 1st August – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins QPR on 26th August.
    2012: 2nd January – Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.
    26th January – Barton unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association, labelling them an “Orwellian organisation” in need of a “drastic shake-up”.
    May: In the wake of his dismissal against City, Barton launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Alan Shearer, his former manager at Newcastle and current TV pundit, before turning on presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: “back under your stone you odious little toad…”

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // May 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Looking back I’m actually embarrassed I sang Joey Bartons name at the Arsenal game,he’s actually a nasty piece of work,and seems to have one rule for him and a comlpetely different set of rules for others the Gerviho incident was a perfect example.

  • 11 Colo-Sus // May 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I feel for that poor lad Jamie Tandy, whatever he said/did do piss Barton off, he surely didnt deserve that!!

    Thats his career and more importantly his life massivley compromised,

    I agree Jail I am ashamed I ever stuck up for the Cretinous Lout Neanderthal THUG

  • 12 GoalsBringSmiles // May 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Personally i think Joey has been victimised, he was elbowed by Tevez before it all kicked off and he understandably reacted

  • 13 check the toastie // May 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    If he couldnt kick a ball about he would have been a career criminal, the lad is a total bellend. Its about time he realised that. d1ck. Spat his dummy out at the Toon because he couldnt be captain in a presaeson game, what an a55hole.

    Wil get no cheers from me when he returns, i imagine Fat Sam might sign him, have a funny feeling him and Simmo might be reunited with Fat Kev. Wud be class smashing them with our new look energetic skilful team.

  • 14 Beattie25 // May 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I reckon I could take him

  • 15 TorqToon // May 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!!! Nothing but a virus at this club and for a team (…at that point!) who needed all the funds and money they could get, to GIVE JB away says it all! We have much better players and people at this club !

    Love this bloke!!!! Unlike Joey, he is a REAL player!

  • 16 JAMSHA // May 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    i like that man :-)

  • 17 JAMSHA // May 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Manchester United are preparing a
    multi-million pound offer for sought-
    after Montpellier goalscorer Olivier
    Giroud –

  • 18 JAMSHA // May 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Arsenal have joined the race to sign Lille
    attacker Eden Hazard, 21, and are willing to
    splash the £30m that they had set aside
    for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze
    before he opted to stay with the German

    from where did they get 30 mil?

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // May 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Micheal Douglas’s character in the film fallling down was provoked numerous times on a hot day,doesn’t excuse going on a maniacal rampage.

  • 20 JAMSHA // May 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Manchester City striker John Guidetti, 20,
    could move to Swansea on loan after
    scoring 20 goals in 23 games while at
    Feyenoord last tern.

    y dont we get him.on loan

  • 21 Tiote // May 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Joey is a f**kin disgrace, if he was in the real world he would get the hiding off his life. Ano if i seen joey i would knock him down a peg or 2. A boy in a mans world.

  • 22 graham cwarr // May 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Jamsha we won’t loan anybody in because its money paid out with no chance of a monetary return as we can’t sell a loaned player

  • 23 AMEOBI // May 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Regarding last post on Amalfitano signing, wow i think this lad is oozing quality.. yeah only ligue 2, i think this guy is gunna start alot of games, hard choice on what his position he really prefers, cant wait to see this lad pull on the shirt!!

  • 24 martoon // May 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I was watching the match in a bar in Ibiza – somebody commented that if JB had done that in Tesco he would have been arrested – good point I thought. Which makes me wonder, I’m no John Terry fan but how come he has to go to court for heat of the moment racial name calling yet JB just gets a suspension albeit a long one?

  • 25 mindshaft // May 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Highly unlikely they’ll be able to terminate Bartons contract without paying it off in full, Lawyers would be all over them like a rash. QPR knew what they were getting when they signed him so tough
    To be honest it wasnt even that bad, Tevez went down like a sack of spuds over something he had started, the kneeeing was something and nothing and Aguerro again hit the deck as if shot, Kompany thing was nothing at all – jeez I dread to think what happens to these players when they bump into someone in the street, they must instantly fall over and writhe round the ground for ages !

  • 26 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // May 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Arsenal have never been ones to spend a hefty load of cash, so its understandable if their transfer kitty has grown steadily over the last few transfer windows. On top of that, they did sell Nasri and Fabregas.

  • 27 graham cwarr // May 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    @mindset. Its the principle of it. He acts like a child and lashes out if the player goes down easy its still joeys fault for taking a swing

  • 28 seantoon // May 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Please Mr Ashley bring us Salamon Kalou. Love to have him sat on our bench ready to change a game

  • 29 Owldman // May 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Does Barton still get his wages while he his suspended? if so thats about three quaters of a millon for just turning up for training

  • 30 mindshaft // May 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    @grahamcwarr – agreed but ultimately it was something and nothing, it’s all been a bit overblown and people saying Barton should never play again is a bit pathetic

  • 31 Owldman // May 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    @24 martoon racial issues are very taboo in this country you have to be very carefull what you say mention the word black in the wrong company you could end up being arrested

  • 32 graham cwarr // May 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    @mindshaft agreed. Its nothing like when Roy keane assaulted Alf inge haaland and basically ended his career

  • 33 toonincheek // May 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    WE should have had some clause in JBs contract to allow us to cancel it in certain circumstances – like being sent down for 6 months.
    But we did not.

    Hope QPR were savvy enough to include some provision as to his behaviour and employment.
    If they did not, then more fool them.

  • 34 toonincheek // May 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    cwarr – more rumours?

    Keane’s tackle should have seen him banned for a season – at least.
    But Hangelaand’s carreer was eventually ended by an injury to his other knee.

  • 35 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Kneeing a guy, from behind, when he’s facing the other way?

    Fcuking cowardly if you ask me. Anyone standing up for him is just as bad.

  • 36 WWYCD // May 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Still like him

    All those saying if he did that away from the pitch he’d be in jail…if a man spent his entire working career being kicked I think the police would be involved with that too so its swings and roundabouts really

    Is his goose cooked….doubt it because he is a good player don’t forget everything he, Nolan, Carroll and Jose did to keep us in this league

    Man with a lot of problems plain to see but if we were all perfect the world would be a very different place

  • 37 MagpiesFlyHigh // May 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM


    Aye Keane was a vicious thug who got away with some real nasty stuff. Didn’t he boast about it in his autobiog ?

  • 38 WWYCD // May 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Kneeing a lad from behind whilst he’s looking another way is that wrong? Christ I went to a horrible first/middle/high school then! Dead legs were all the rage!

  • 39 ITUNDERASHELL // May 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Thank God he doesn’t play for the Toon!

  • 40 Gorillaballs // May 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    If you think about it the FA have been very clever here. Joey may well be banned till November but in reality I doubt QPR will register him in their 25 man squad so he wont be able to play till January at the earliest when QPR are able to change their squad registation.

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM


    Footballing talent is irrelevant though, isn’t it?

    When people commit crimes, we don’t take it easier on them if they’re a good plumber or decent builder.

    Why should the footballing profession be any different? How many times has he assaulted another human being now? Five times? Six?

    Personally I feel pretty gutted that I stook up for him while he was here. Guess that’s just what supporting Newcastle does to you.

  • 42 noir9 // May 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Off topic but if anyone watched the bbc programme about rangers last night, it was interesting to hear that Souness received £30k from the rangers tax trust a few weeks after he signed Tugay for blackburn!!!! Wonder if he got a reward after he signed boumsong?

  • 43 Indian Magpie // May 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    As i said on 14th,

    I wiuld have done the same.

    Refree and his Less than useless assistant andy garrot got conned, barton picked on again. QPR in trouble barton, now a potential scapegoat for relegation, with Bolton still winning.

    I bet None of City’s palyers or crowd saw that still they surround the refree after he has been sent off.

    Whose word are we taking carlos tevez yeah right

  • 44 Indian Magpie // May 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM


  • 45 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM


    Do you seriously believe that tripe? He elbowed a guy, kneed a guy, and tried to headbutt a guy.

    It’s all on video, quite clearly…

    All this ‘he went down easily’ stuff is nonsense. An elbow is an elbow. A knee is a knee. A headbutt is a headbutt.

  • 46 cupiddstunt // May 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    ToonDownSouth @ # 41

    As I understand it if he is not in their squad then he cannot be serving the ban, he has to be available to play and subsequently banned from playing for the ban to have any effect.

    So if QPR don’t register him until the Jan listing then his ban will start in Jan.

  • 47 Indian Magpie // May 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    another point, who was the refree, MIKE DEAN, that useless TURD, never again gave penalty likehe did against williamson. he was pathetic for all NUFC games

    David luiz

  • 48 cupiddstunt // May 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    sorry @ # 40

  • 49 Indian Magpie // May 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM


    YES, Fortunately or Unfortunately, he Knew if QPR had gotten relegated bcoz of that all hell would have frozen over and he would have been a dead man walking.

    Aguero was a disgrace, he knew nothing abt the incident

  • 50 graham cwarr // May 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Well that’s ne corrected toonincheek lol

  • 51 jesperfuglsang // May 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Everybody loves to talk about Joey Barton, I just don’t know why!

    Any real Newcastle related news guys? :)

  • 52 Rotonda heights // May 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM


    hang your head in shame mate. barton victimised – WTF!!!
    On 70k a week and had more chances than a cat with 9 lives.
    tevez was one incident but how do you explain all the others.
    Supporting Barton shows really poor judgement.

  • 53 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM


    Players talking to the referee – shocking. Our players do it all the time. Hardly a ‘disgrace’ is it?

    What did you say when Barton threw himself to the ground, when Gervinho tapped him on the cheek? Did he go down easily? Was he a disgrace?

    Barton is a hypocrite, which is possibly the only thing that could make his behaviour worse.

  • 54 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM


    Wait a minute.

    Are you suggesting that because Aguero was complaining to the referee, Barton was justified in kneeing him in the back?

    I must be misinterpretting you here….

  • 55 jesperfuglsang // May 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Ed, please post a new subject quickly so we can move on.

    You are creating a mass frenzy 😉 lol

  • 56 Gorillaballs // May 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    cupiddstunt @46

    Hadn’t thought that through but makes sense.
    So now I guess it just depends on whether QPR want to waste their time on him.

    If they sack him (dont think they will) he might really struggle to find another club to take a chance on him

  • 57 SmileyFace // May 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM


    Please don’t feel sorry for that Tandy lad..

  • 58 WWYCD // May 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Wouldn’t say its irrelevent plenty of kernts play football haha if talent was irrelevent Tevez would never play again

    Has he done any worse than numerous other footballers or has he just been reported on now?

  • 59 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM


    I just think any talk of him being ‘victimised’ is an absolute joke.

    He got a 12 game ban for 3 accounts of violent conduct. Now, given that he has already been sent off once this season, I think he’s actually got off lightly.

    I would be saying the same about any footballer assaulting another… I don’t see how kneeing a man from behind when he’s not expecting it/looking is anything other than cowardly.

    At the end of the day, it’s being reported badly because this is the 6th/7th time in as many years that this has happened. It’s not a one off moment that’s completely out of character – it’s completely in character.

  • 60 ToonDownSouth // May 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM


    Oh my, your name change has confused me 😐

  • 61 graham cwarr // May 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    @smiley are you joey barotn? Lol

  • 62 WWYCD // May 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Oh aye its in his character but there’s plenty others in the league who have exactly that and it doesn’t get reported on so not victimised as he does it but targeted by both refs and journalists I agree with.

    If the refs did their jobs then Barton wouldn’t spend half of every game being kicked, punched and abused

    End of the day I don’t support what he did but I still like the bloke.

  • 63 GoalsBringSmiles // May 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Still think he’s been victimised. Had he gone down like a sack of sh1t after Tevez assaulted him would Tevez have been sent off? Why has Tevez not been reprimanded? Why have the officials not been criticised? I don’t particularly support Barton but I support fairness and oppose double standards.

  • 64 FatmanJoe // May 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I dont know how anyone in their right mind can say they like joey Barton. I’m sorry but that’s ridiculous, particularly given that all we get to see and hear about him are these games and his childish twitter feeds.

    I can understand people saying they feel sorry for his harsh treatment and he needs help yada yada (even though that’s a little bit kind) but LIKE him!?!

    He’s a coward, a hypocrite and has an awful temper that one day will cause someone to get really really hurt (again)

    This is someone you like.

    Ps agreed that tevez despite being filmed elbowing Barton got away with it but then that would have ruined the party wouldn’t it

  • 65 martoon // May 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Owldman @31 – Typical of this country – complete outrage when Terry calls Ferdinand a black so and so but nothing when Barton assaults three people! I’m not condoning racial abuse I just think physical assault is of equal seriousness. I don’t understand why Terry is going to court rather than getting a ban like Suarez.

  • 66 FatmanJoe // May 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM


    The euros are this summer.

  • 67 obatoyou // May 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    have you read joey barton’s twitter page
    crikey, just saw it for the first time.!/joey7barton

    he posts more than indianmagpie!

  • 68 Rotonda heights // May 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM


    Oh like when he got gervinho sent off then !!!!!!

  • 69 GoalsBringSmiles // May 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM



  • 70 Owldman // May 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    martoon Terrys case became a civil one when a member of the crowd made a complaint to the police who had to take civil action against Terry i am sure that the FA would have preferred to handle it themselves but it was taken out of their hands

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