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Keane Gives Joey Barton a Break

The Football Association have said they will wait for referee Atkinson’s report of the game, before deciding whether to take any action against Joey Barton, for an incident that occurred during yesterday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Apparently the Newcastle United combative midfielder caught Dickson Etuhu with his studs just before half time in yesterday’s game with Sunderland.


Joey Barton – his history goes before him unfortunately

Referee Martin Atkinson did not see the incident, but the reporters on Setanta TV at half time went down and told Martin what had happened and asked if he was going to do anything about it. How about that for stirring things up? Martin said he hadn’t seen the incident and wouldn’t do anything about it.

This is nothing more than Joey Barton’s history going before him. But Joey has to realize this is all happening because of past events, and he is responsible for that. It’s still unfair to Joey however.

An FA spokesman said:

“We will be looking to clarify with the referee whether he saw the incident or not.”
“If not we will review the incident.”

We are not big fans of the FA, because we think they have shown no courage or backbone in most things they have done, including the selction of Sven Eriksson’s successor. We think they’d be better off spending their time searching for an England manager who is good enough to lead England to future glory, rather than wasting their time on this type of nonsense. Are we biased about this? – you bet we are.

If the FA does step in, then Barton could be charged with violent conduct, which would result in a three-match ban if found guilty. Wouldn’t some people just love that. However, it was very good to see Sunderland manager Roy Keane’s comments after the game, which supported Joey.

“I am not going to get bogged down by a tackle that was slightly high.” “That happens in these games, a lot of them are mistimed.”

“You give and you take. Dickson is a tough lad. He is alive in that dressing room, he won’t be leaving on a stretcher.”

Well said Roy Keane. Has anybody noticed how much calmer and sensible Roy seems to be as manager of Sunderland? He talks a lot of sense these days and has done an excellent job at Sunderland so far. Good for him.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate the scum, but i must admit i liked Keane as a player and i like him as a manager too.

  • yh

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s SLIGHTLY better as a manager but I hated him as a player.

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Keane’s about one of the only managers in the game who actually talks sense. This compared to some manageres with years of experience. Sunderland are better for it. Or should I say SundIreland LOL!! He will be a fabulous manager, he’s good now but experience will make him so much better, that and years of playing under Fergie.

    He couldn’t exactly criticise Barton, even if he wanted to, with his track record. But no infairness to Keane he said it how it is again. He’s about one of the only genuinely honest managers left and fair play and good luck to him.

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Trouble is it did look as if he meant it, I think Keane remembers his own indescretions and is being nostalgic. Not sure it helps Joey in the long term but having said that no one liked coming up against keano, wonder if this is the rep Joey is trying to get.
    I don’t like this sort of tackle as it may wreck a career, don’t care who they play for.

  • yh

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Second that Bill f despise Keane cause he tried to end a player’s career and did and I think it takes all his leadership qualities and etc away by the virtue of that fact.

  • Macas

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfair to Joey?? Bollocks. He deserves all he gets for such a deliberate and wild lunge. I was prepared to give him a chance when he came but when it comes down to it he’s nothing more than a vicious little thug. Who also had a poor game. The sooner we get rid of Barton the better.

  • Hammy

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s a tw£t but I have great respect for Keane.

    Anyway I posted this next remark yesterday but I think Ed has some auto edit tool, so it’s spent the last 24 hours in hyperspace or something…..
    This is what I said yesterday.

    You reap what you sow……..after two disastourous managerial appointments,
    Big Sam was drafted in to sort out the mess……most fans will agree with the players he got rid of and most fans were delighted with the players he brought in at the time. This isn’t the Sun’s fantasy football league…this is real football with real people……Sam went with the line up with most Premiership experience today and after recent results I would have taken 1-1 after being 1-0 down. Sure I don’t agree with his tactics or some of the performances but I also realise that picking 11 superstars will not necessarily give you an unbeatable team.
    Although Mourinhio managed to do it, albeit Chelski ran at a trading loss of about £200 million over 3 seasons……great business…..eh…

    Sam has a tough job…….even tougher thanks to some “supporters”
    Let’s get behind the team…..and well done to the toon away fans who did a great job of drowning out the mackems.

    Oh and those that bother to boo the toon. F&*&k off and go support manure or someone like that, we don’t need you.

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    He didn’t try to end a players career, no need for the dramatics here now like, it was an eye for an eye, he’d done the same to Keane. He got what was comming to him that wasn’t what ended his career anyway it was an injury to the OTHER leg. He was a fantasic leader and led United through it’s most succesfull time in history, fabulous player, fabulous captain. United still haven’t replaced him and I don’t think they’ll ever find a player like Keane again.

  • Dragoner

    Nov 11, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9


  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Not sure that you can compare them, Keane was more of a destroyer (not a criticism).

    Your post did go out Hammy, trouble is that once they are old posts they tend to get lost which can be frustrating especially if its a long one. Oh and I agree with most of your points. Although Chelsea have got stuff in their cabinet which are the toys that the owner wanted. I’m not sure I’d want trophys at that sort of cost given (political/environmental message here) the poverty and despair in the world.

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Dragoner Keane was and is better the Vieria, both we’re so alike and different, Arsenal and United matches have never been the same since. Both outstandning players, but I’ll guess I’ll be the “idiot” and say Keane’s better. (atleast he said what he believed, not have stand up speak up slogan on his back and then start picking on a player he’s twice the size of). Both great players, and outstanding leaders, but Keane’s better.

  • Leo

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    good lad keane, but hate your team and you as a player. sorry but cant help my heart

  • Dragoner

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #13

    yes eve you are the idiot, viera was just as good defensively as keane, and far far far better going forward, taller, faster, stronger, and just an all round better player

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I could turn around and say your the idiot and that Keane would and has on so many occasions crushed Vieira and how he’s a bully and hypocrite. But I wont.
    On paper Vieira, (which is how you actually spell his name, 2 i’s not one.) ya was all of the above, definatley taller anyway. But no, Keane was the better all around player and alot more succesfull then him. He was the heart of the United team, their general, their captain, but you could say the same about Vieira. They hated eachother on the pitch but off it they’d great respect for eachother.

    “It’s not coincidence that both men’s shadows still loom large over their former clubs, they brought out the best in each other so often that the failings of their successors and indeed their loss to the league as a whole is very, very hard to miss.”

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Am I being a bit of a skeptic here but are Eve and Dragoner the same person.

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #16

    For the love of God no!! First ye think I’m your one Sinead then Johann and now Dragoner.

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry. 🙂

  • evildick

    Nov 11, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    well said Hammy!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 12, 2007 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Bartons a good old boy, and every team needs a player who is a bit dirty and breaks therules now and then and Barton is ours, and you can tell although he is nowhere near his best Barton is clearly getting better with each game

  • joe

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #20

    I actually kinda miss the old manu arsenal clashes, 3 or 4 years ago. Nowadays their players are all kids and there arent many huge egos around. Quality of the football has improved no doubt but the battles just arent as titanic as the old ones, with keano, pires, ljunberg, vieira, nistelrooy, tony adams etc.

  • dragoner

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    how the f**k was keane the better all round player!?! thats just idiotic! Keane was nowhere near as good as vieIra going forward. defensively they were equal. What the hell has success got to do with anything!? If success meant anything Shearer wouldn’t be held in such high regard. Playing for Man United is why keane was so successful. Face it, your IRISH friend just isn’t as good as vieira. He is only seen as better by a few idiotic people due to him playing for Man U and being British.


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