The FA Bans Joey Barton for 12 Matches
“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.” The Ranger received a 12-match suspension; four because he picked up a second red card of the season, and another four for two separate incidents in the same match.
The red card was given for a violent elbow to City’s forward, Carlos Tevez. Following the incident, Barton deliberately kicked, violently I might add, Sergio Aguero, and tried to head-butt Vincent Kompany. He was so heated that he needed to be escorted off the field by his teammates.
Barton, of Queen’s Park Rangers, has been in and out of hot-water for his entire career. Often cited as a rough, aggressive and outspoken player, Barton has made many enemies in the Premiership, and amongst its fans.
During the match between the two sides, the game became quite heated. Both teams had plenty to play for – Manchester City needed a win to secure the Premier League title, while QPR were near to the bottom and had much pressure to avoid relegation in the week’s leading up to the contest.
For whatever reason, Joey Barton remains in the Premiership. In my opinion, which is not unique, he should receive a full-season ban for consistently violent conduct.
…and that is the Last Word.