Joey Barton: A Walking Embodiment of Everything that’s wrong with Britain today

Newcastle midfielder’s ‘challenge’ on Diaby was nothing compared to some of his assaults

Joey Barton: A Walking Embodiment of Everything that’s wrong with Britain today

Barton: Cigarette, anyone?

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It occurred to me during the debacle of the last World Cup that the nation’s footballlers can often tell a lot about the nation’s soul. The pre-war and early post war generation had the modest genius and heroism of Sir Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and Joe Mercer. The baby boomers had the class and gentleman spirit of the two Bobbies - Charlton and Moore. For us children of Thatcher and Tony Blair - sadly we have a greedy, less than attractive slightly rotund ginger man who uses prostitutes called Wayne and in John Terry we have the son of a drug dealing father and a shoplifting mum who between them were too stupid to even put a surname on their offspring’s birth certificate. However, what of the man who doesn’t even measure up to the professional and moral standards of these two wretched products of broken Britain? Joey Barton – born in Liverpool just weeks before Alan Bleasdale’s magnificient ‘Boys from the Black Stuff’ via BBC2 told the Nation of the decline in its midst in the Autumn of 1982 – has rarely disguised his disdain for the produce of the ‘Golden Generation’ of English football and their overshadowing of his extremely modest talents. In the aftermath of England’s quarter final defeat in 2006 Barton had wrote ‘England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? 'We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like s***. Here's my book.' Who wants to read that?’ His outburst of righteous indignation is largely disingenuous however, it’s more in the vein of pure bitterness – after all if England is going to showcase limited talent and limited technique to the world in major championships Barton obviously feels he’s the man to fly the flag for old Albion. Also – if Stevie G et al are going to write books about footballing failure Barton probably feels they should at least provide lift up flaps to allow people of his reading age a chance to understand what you’re putting into print.

I’ve always scoffed how in the last ten years or so the media have always thrown members of the underclass in our direction to (often wrongly) blame for all of society’s ills – be it Jade Goody, Lady Sovereign, Vicky Pollard, fictional characters from the massively overrated Channel 4 comedy Shameless, those who go on Jeremy Kyle or the nation’s moral panic about the ‘hoodies’ that inhabit our town centres. However every time Joey Barton’s ugly boat race crosses my TV or newspaper I can’t help feeling the lights are rapidly going out all over this once great nation I inhabit. As the downturn chunders on, the working classes of this nation are an increasingly beleaguered bunch in relation to its effects. However, as throughout history, rather than a class battle between the haves and the have nots, the lower orders have often been fighting a battle between the ‘proletarians’ and what Karl Marx in his writings often referred to as the ‘lumpenproletarians’ – the latter being in his words the ‘refuse of all classes… swindlers, confidence tricksters, brothel-keepers… and other flotsam of society’. They were originally highlighted by Marx as a class that appeared during the time of the French revolution who allied themselves with the ‘ancien regime’ and often deliberately worked against the cause of enlightenment and social betterment for the masses. The distinction between the two is largely thus – to be a ‘prole’ is a matter of circumstance which people are often born into and in many cases often powerless with regard to, but in essence an honest member of society. To be a ‘lumpenprole’ however is a matter of mentality – and one which he has every control over.

To me, the charmless and ugly Joey Barton has always personified every aspect of this residuum class of the lumpenproletariat that blights the everyday life of the decent folk of these Islands. Barton is the criminal class personified – just look at this thug’s record: He received his first red card in 2003 for arguing with a referee in the tunnel – not even on the field of play – when his side was 3-0 down against Tottenham. So missed by his team mates was Barton that 10 man Manchester City went on to win 4-3. Not that Barton has ever had the ability to build a constructive rapport with his colleagues - at City’s 2004 Christmas party he stubbed out a lit cigar in a youth team player’s eye and in July 2008 was kicked out of Manchester City for committing assault occasioning ABH against team mate Ousmane Dabo. Ordinary members of the public are no more safe from this troglodyte either - in May 2005 he broke a 35-year-old pedestrian's leg while driving his car through Liverpool City Centre at 2AM. In the summer of 2005, Barton was sent home from a pre-season tournament in Thailand after assaulting a 15-year-old Everton supporter and had to be restrained from attacking the boy further by his team mate Richard Dunne. Just over a year later Barton was fined by the FA for exposing his backside to Everton fans – quite probably in order to give his brain some fresh air. The fact that Barton had left secondary school with seven GCSEs to his name is pretty much conclusive proof that exams really are too easy these days.

Barton’s crowning glory however came in May 2008 when he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in relation to an incident where CCTV footage showed Barton punching a man twenty times causing him to lose consciousness, as well as breaking a teenager’s teeth. Lest we forget also that Joey’s younger brother Michael Barton and his cousin Paul Taylor are both currently serving time for a racially motivated murder committed with a pick axe against young black Arsenal fan Anthony Walker who had been studying for his A-Levels at the time and innocently out on a date with his white girlfriend. The latter of course isn’t directly Joey Barton’s fault – but let’s just say such rancid racist attitudes are often borne from the family one grows up in. Rotten apples after all barely fall too far from the tree that spawned them.

Despite being such an odious creature however, Joey Barton is by no means society’s loser. In a nation where nearly three million could be on the dole by this Easter, smug Joey Barton on his hefty wage is one of the ones who are winning in this world. Where the everyday working man fears for his job and how the merest slip on the behaviour front can see him fall into the mire, Barton can get away with what he has wreaked on others over the years and can still lord it over the rest of us. However much you hate Barton’s guts, he sure as hell doesn’t wish he was you. And how is this possible? Well because like all of the ugly henchmen of this post credit crunch world – be it the men the loan sharks send round to break your kneecaps when you’ve missed a payment, the cat burglar who steals an old man’s savings, the pusher who gets bored unemployed youth hooked on narcotics or the pimp trying to find a woman that’s weak – Joey Barton is armed with nothing more than an empty head and a moral vacuum with the simple aim of bringing back results for his unscrupulous master, the equally scummy Alan Pardew who in his guise as West Ham manager resembled nothing more than a Rottweiler owning arsehole sitting in a North Woolwich cess pit boozer moaning about foreigners taking our jobs and recommending that the answer to all of life’s little conundrums is to dish out a good kick in the bollocks.

Though Arsenal fans’ opinions are often split on Abu Diaby’s abilities as a player, when you bear in mind his record with injuries and the career threatening leg break by Sunderland’s Ryan Smith in 2006, his angry reaction to Barton’s disgusting challenge is entirely understandable. However – like many of the beleaguered masses when they’ve had enough of being bullied and threatened by Barton’s lumpenprole ilk on council estates the nation over – Phil Dowd personifies the cowardice of the authorities and sides with the thugs, as well as failing to be consistent when the boot is on the other foot. ‘Chesney’ – seeing that Arsenal are going to be the team kicking off after a goal is scored against them – rightly refuses to give the ball to Barton. Kevin Nolan, Barton’s fellow gang member then attacks ‘Chesney’ for not giving in to the demands of his criminal thug friend – and Phil Dowd, the coward in authority, then gives ‘Chesney’ a booking for not giving in to their thuggish demands.

People might view this piece as sour grapes because Barton ultimately stopped my side taking three points after we were cruising four nil at half time. They might think I’m being a bit Daily Mail in oversimplifying deep social problems by laying the blame on one particular thuggish footballer – maybe they’re right. But society today is ugly and these days I seem to see little Joey Bartons everywhere. And if you need me to put my mentality for you in a nutshell then here goes – when Joey Barton’s kith and kin murdered Anthony Walker, the victim’s mother had plead forgiveness stating ‘I have to forgive them. I can't feel anger and hatred, because that is what killed my son’. All I can say is that she’s a much bigger person than I’ll ever be and must admit that I’m a petty and vindictive little man in comparison. I loathe and despise both of the weasels, enjoy the fact they’re no longer part of our society and actively pray for the downfall of their Premiership Kith and Kin as well as every little lumpen Joey Barton clone in the nastiest and most humiliating fashion possible – for the sake of football and more importantly, for the soul of this once great nation.

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  1. Parousia

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:18 #2388

    So many of those commenting here appear to miss the point of the article, and point only to the 'Arsenal-Newcastl' angle. Yes, the article is written in response to the game, but it is more a critique of modern society. His target is well chosen, and Joey Barton is a reflection of the worthless sub-strata of society. I would have to put many who have directed their ire at the author of this piece into that category - unreflective, unthinking, reactive.

  2. Sean

    Feb 11, 2011, 15:05 #2281

    Read most of the comments in reply to your article, you have been given a resounding thumbs DOWN son. Pack up your laptop.

  3. Maybe it's not just Joey?

    Feb 09, 2011, 22:37 #2221

    Is this Robert Exley on a crusade against thugs based in the North East?

  4. The Commission For Racial Equality

    Feb 09, 2011, 22:22 #2220

    I believe in equality for all, we should all strive to understand each other and become a brotherhood of man. There is good and bad in everyone....but let's be honest, the Geordies are just the Scots with the brains kicked out aren't they!

  5. Shropshire Lad

    Feb 09, 2011, 19:54 #2216

    To be fair, Geordies are hard as nails.

  6. newcastle's trophy cabinet

    Feb 09, 2011, 18:36 #2213

    You got me all upset with your nasty comments, you northerners swear and everything. We are NOT SOFT! *sniff*

  7. newcastle's trophy cabinet

    Feb 09, 2011, 17:16 #2210

    And stop being dead nasty and that, its just not on!

  8. Shropshire Lad

    Feb 09, 2011, 15:23 #2207

    The arsenal crumbled against what is in essence a championship team.

  9. mackemjoe

    Feb 09, 2011, 14:56 #2206

    As much as i hate the barcodes and joey barton this article is taking the p***, the gooners have had some of the nasties players ever to grace the premier league. And as for the tackle by barton, yes it was a hard tackle but it wasnt 2 footed and there was no studs shown - it was a fair tackle. You really need to stop this whinging and blaming everone but your own team. some of you even think the referes fixed the game ... pathetic, you where 4-0 up and blew it. you really need to grow some cos every other team in teh country are laughing at your weekness and whinging. Good god what a bunch of wimps.

  10. newcastle's trophy cabinet

    Feb 09, 2011, 14:55 #2205

    I'm loving how mouthy "hard men" from up North have come on here to spout the usual rubbish about "soft cockneys", after their macho butch player Joey Barton went down like the sad little poof he is upon being "assaulted" by Diaby. Fuck off and put a DVD out.

  11. Bead

    Feb 09, 2011, 12:24 #2198

    Who the F*** cares about England? I hope they never call him up - he's probably the best midfielder this country has at the moment. HWTL.

  12. igsta

    Feb 09, 2011, 11:39 #2196

    the challenge was vieiraesque....diaby overreacted and got sent off...end of...up 4-0 then to crumble like that is disgusting.....though it has to be said that dowd did himself no favors by being inconsistent.

  13. Shropshire Lad

    Feb 09, 2011, 7:55 #2188

    Must be a great article because you incensed nearly the whole of Geordieland to have a go at you (or was it Bartons family in disguise). Good stuff - did exactly what it was supposed to do I suspect. Excellent and sucked in all the barcode see you next Tuesdays! Nice

  14. Chris

    Feb 09, 2011, 5:52 #2186

    I hate to think what this article would be like if joey barton grabbed diaby BY THE NECK, im pretty sure diaby and wenger need to harden the F*** up.

  15. GOONER1971Rashpan

    Feb 09, 2011, 0:00 #2181

    I am so gutted you are making our grapes look very sour! No more of this, you should be ashamed of dragging our name in the mud of our enemies.

  16. JOHN 8:7

    Feb 08, 2011, 23:38 #2180

    Let he who has not sinned, cast the first stone.

  17. Embarrassed

    Feb 08, 2011, 23:12 #2179

    No wonder people are laughing at us. This article is pathetic.I didn't think I could feel any more embarrassed than I did on Saturday. I was wrong. I hadn't planned on reading this...

  18. Henry

    Feb 08, 2011, 23:11 #2178

    Joey Barton's actually a pretty nice guy, he lived down the road from me when was a student in Newcastle. He was kind enough to have a quick chat with me and sign my Newcastle shirt. Don't be so quick to judge people you've never met, I'm sure you've done things your not proud of. On the pitch Barton is an 'enforcer' with unmatched work-rate and the ability to take the game 'by the scruff of the neck'. His delivery and passing is excellent as well. As for the tackle on Diaby, it was a hard challenge but he played the ball, last time I checked that was still allowed. Ironically, Barton is the exact type of player that your Gunners desperately need if they want to be taken seriously as title contenders.

  19. Tommy

    Feb 08, 2011, 17:50 #2158

    Utter Garbage

  20. Pacifist

    Feb 08, 2011, 14:35 #2144

    'to quote Joey himself if Arsenal players dont like being tackled why dont they play netball'. What a succint point by Mr Barton. Similar to that of his 'if they don't like it, they don't have to stay here'(paraphrased) with regards to the racial uproar he endured after his step-brother's conviction. Look out Bercow, you've got competition......

  21. Alant

    Feb 08, 2011, 12:41 #2133

    as someone who has too deal with "little Joey Bartons" at work, 7 days a week - I agree with your feelings, and hope you take comfort that you are not alone with your views, I admire the way you have thought out this article and managed to write how you (and believe me, MANY OTHERS), really feel. I look forward to continuing to read your articles ont this website.

  22. Vincenzo

    Feb 08, 2011, 12:25 #2130

    Oh dear. It wasn't even a foul. I've no sympathy for Barton, who is a loathsome individual, but you are barking up the wrong tree, here. You are just confirming what sour losers gooners are. Embarrassing.

  23. feebla

    Feb 08, 2011, 11:55 #2126

    just read ya article n am pmsl how bitter you are n how pathetic as well,barton won the ball fair n square he's old school which now a days in football is a dyin breed.Thats why football is so soft n fouls given for f##k all and anyways you soft cockney c##t you wanna look closer to home wilshire punchin birds outside clubs merson on the white powder n pev and did a certain mr adams no do some bird so f##k off n get a life!

  24. Microraptor

    Feb 08, 2011, 11:43 #2125

    I think Barton is a nasty piece of work as a human being. But he played really, really well against us the other day as a midfielder. He was the difference, driving Newcastle on to get a point from what seemed a hopeless position...

  25. Sean

    Feb 08, 2011, 10:40 #2104

    Laughing at Gman (Post No. 2395) we havent won anything in my 39 year lifetime except for promotion trophys and you cant wait for us to be relegated!? What a typical spoilt rotten 'supporter' who is spitting his dummy out because we came back to draw and you had nothing in the middle to compete with a physical challenge. Enjoy champions league footy....again, and we'll worry about staying up. Strange so bitter when watching such a talented side, I wonder how many fans would turn up at the emirates if your last major trophy was in 1969. Yes thats 1969. I'm guessing most of Arsenals 60,000 fans would be finding other things to do on a Saturday afternoon. But your bad wishes are noted diddums. As is your arrogance.

  26. James-Forest

    Feb 08, 2011, 10:12 #2086

    "He received his first red card in 2003 for arguing with a referee in the tunnel – not even on the field of play –" Does Cesc Fabregas not do this every game? I wont even go into his alleged spitting incident! While you seem to write like you may have a hint of intelligence this is purely just a smokescreen masking your under evolved little brain! I've been sat here for 5 minutes trying to word something that you may understand and possibly take on board, but it's quite clear you have got no desire to take on another point of view. I feel that this whole article is down to your annoyance at your result against Newcastle and the tackle on Diaby - which was a fantastic tackle and one which Wenger would have been arguing in favour of if Diaby had made it on Barton! Nobody is perfect and it seems to me that Barton is trying his best to improve as a person - I believe this is what has helped his superd form this season. Just a response to David Walker 7:06am 7th Feb 2011 "Lee Hughes went to prison for manslaughter yet is carrying on with his career without a word". Lee Hughes served time for that crime and has worked tirelessly for charity and for other causes since it happened. He has also had conversations with the victims family (he has never disclosed what was said)and tried to make ammends for what he did. From listening to him in interviews he actually sounds like a decent guy who made a massive mistake which he will have to live with for the rest of his life.

  27. Gman

    Feb 08, 2011, 9:50 #2077

    Well said Sir, I will look forward to the next time a Toon player gets hurt and will laughing when the Toon Army start crying and calling for justice. What goes around comes around and once Pardew has settled into his new post I will celebrate his achievements when he takes the team back into the Championship. I dont think it will be this season as Hughton has done too good a job, but a clown is a clown and relegation is a certainty and I will toast their failure as Toon fans always think their team is 10 times better than it actually is and watching the tears when they go down will signal a massive party at my house. Phil Dowd wont be in charge of your games every week so enjoy it while it lasts because you will be playing Mickey Mouse football soon enough and no one will enjoy that moment more than me!

  28. cm

    Feb 08, 2011, 9:44 #2071

    You can add comments like this, from 'geordiesy', to your list of things wrong with this country: "you arsenal fans arelike all southerner's....blooming puffs...."

  29. Jimbo

    Feb 08, 2011, 9:41 #2070

    Diaby was sent off for 2 on barton one on nolan. Meaning that when Nolan got booked (which noone seems to realise he did) for pushing the keeper, the punishment was the same as Diabys. Also "disgusting" tackle?? he won the ball, if diaby (like arsenal tend to do) didnt shirk the tackle there wouldnt have been a problem. You arsenal fans need to stop blaming everyone else and realise it was the lack of bottle in your team which cost you the game

  30. biscuitman

    Feb 08, 2011, 9:13 #2069

    incredible article! you got everything spot on but you forgot that barton also killed puppies for sport and hates sunshine and rainbows. oh and he scored two goals against the arsenal ladies

  31. Feb 07, 2011, 23:42 #2064

    'Joey Barton's lonely braincell' you have far far far too much time on your hands. Love the sound of your own voice I can imagine - your snobbish, generalised and insulting opinion of geordies is getting extremely tiring. Your working class digs and yet you are the one repeatedly swearing? Barton has never hit a woman and I agree he has made some big mistakes in the past, as have many other footballers, Gerrard on CCTV beating some bloke repeatedly at a bar, but that's OK because he is an England golden boy and one 'legendary' eric cantona karate kicked a fan in front of children. I am not defending Joey's past but he was battling with alcoholism and has since done something about this and quit. He is channeling all his energy into his career and has had an outstanding season. (Drink driving is comparable as it can destroy lives whether it is your first or ninteenth time doing it) Despite your opinion of Barton, to suggest lke this article has that he had anything to do with Arsenals horrific collapse on Saturday is ludacris and is clearly a desperate attempt to deflect the blame off of Arsenal. "If the Arsenal players don't like being tackled, they should go and play basketball or netball." Spot on Joey

  32. michael afc

    Feb 07, 2011, 22:55 #2060

    good piece, you might as well no bother though, looking at the responses, I think aw should give up and go abroad as this type of football will never be appreciated in this country, just look at some of the other comments, and the fact that so many people go and watch stoke every week! they aint watching football that for sure, so what does it say about the intellect and culture in this country, lets face it the UK is finished as a nation, I've been telling my kids to get the f out of here and if I was younger I'd be out of here too!

  33. Kim

    Feb 07, 2011, 22:54 #2059

    Get a grip! of course it is sour grapes! I'd rather have players like Barton than a bunch of pansies who dive around and abuse officials when theings don't go their way. Barton's fault you lot shamefully let such a large goal margian slide? 2 wrong decisions, the second penalty and a perfectly ONSIDE leon best goal so either way thats a comeback nothing to do with Barton. Suggest you stop embarrassing yourself with your pathetic outbursts, when we have buggered things up this season we take responsibility and more on. Too many people assosiated with Arsenal cannot handle defeat or in this case the best premiership comeback ever! Stop crying and blaming anyone other than the players who were for the second 45 minutes, spineless!

  34. Pubester

    Feb 07, 2011, 22:27 #2057

    Let's face facts arsenne sender has got a soft as shite squad and he and most 4rsen4l fans do not expect any contact. And Wilshire will soon get a reutation as a Ginsburg if he is allowed to continually harrang the officials. Funny how the media don't metion that the 4rsen4l fans didn't stay and support their soft team til the end!

  35. Darren Wearmouth

    Feb 07, 2011, 20:58 #2052

    Great article my friend. Me and my friend Graham were just discussing this game. I really hate Newcastle. I know none of the players names and some of them even have pot bellies.

  36. Neutral1892

    Feb 07, 2011, 20:39 #2050

    I think this article can be best summed up by quoting a famous philosopher. "Calm Down Dear" Michael Winner May 2005

  37. Joey Barton's Lonely Braincell

    Feb 07, 2011, 20:27 #2049

    Oh forgive poor Joey, poor, poor Joey. 'Poor me, poor me, poor me another drink....what you looking at southern softy do you want some?' As pointed out in the article, how many people not in his profession get another chance at employment when they're convicted three times for violent behaviour in the last seven years, of course they're fucking not. Though we'll have a load of Geordies here defending him.

  38. Feb 07, 2011, 20:07 #2046

    barton stars as newcastle play brilliantly to disappoint arsenal. two days later, article appears lambasting barton for offences that have happened years in the past. and apparently it's not bitterness or sour grapes. yawn! pull the other one. the tony adams comparison is just saying he's forgiven for his indiscresions, at least give joey a chance to prove he has got past his mistakes. i am full of respect for arsenal, but i can't understand the point of this griping. would this article be here if you had won? of course not. p.s. on the spoiler there is a poll: should joey barton get in the england squad? 75% vote yes. arsenal fans, get over it. you blew a 4 goal lead, just accept it. barton is a fantastic player, regardless of what he's done before.

  39. Joey Barton's Lonely Braincell

    Feb 07, 2011, 19:55 #2043

    Also, the repeated reference to Tony Adams as if it's somewhere comparable - Adams's drink driving was an act of sheer recklessness (which actually happened up the road from me)for which he was rightly banged up. How often did he repeat his drink driving...I think you'll find it's none. Joey Barton on the other hand is a repeat violent offender - to stub a cigar out in someone's eye, batter someone to unconciousness and commit ABH on your team mate is a delberate attempt to cause injury on several counts. We also have long memories down here - his scything down of Samir Nasri and the evil little smirk 2 years ago. And with all this Barton had the nerve to state that Arsenal lacked discipline in his pre-match interview. Well like many of you have said here, if you live in a glass house don't throw stones. If you don't like people dregging up your past antics don't appoint yourself an adequate judge of what passes for discipline Joey.

  40. DB7

    Feb 07, 2011, 19:32 #2041

    very disappointed in the gunners who are so bitter at drawing a game away from home just because we came back from 0-4 down!! show a little respect as we do towards your team who play football the way we all love it played (keegans entertainers and sir bobbys wonderful attacking football). bartons tackle was never a so called leg breaker and never a yellow card offence never mind red. Also to the fans saying nolan should have been red carded well he did put Szczesny into a headlock but was yellow carded for it and unlike Diaby only did one offence while Diaby did two and the ref pointed this out as seem on MotD sourgrapes from the gunners...

  41. Dave Edwards

    Feb 07, 2011, 19:18 #2040

    Southern softies? Still trotting out that old chestnut? There's no Danish place names down here mate! Think about it......

  42. Joey Barton's Lonely Braincell

    Feb 07, 2011, 19:07 #2038

    I love it how the word middle class has got bandied about by the NUFC fans. Reminds me of that episode of Auf Weidersehen Pet back in the 80s where there's two coppers sitting in a panda car. One says 'do you consider yourself working class?', the other goes into details about work working class he is in a Monty Python sketch fashion. The first copper comes back and says 'once you've been to Newcastle you'll suddenly be aware of just how middle class you really are'. They say social mobility no longer exists in Britain today, bullshit! Just move to Newcastle and use a few words with more than one syllable, you'll be middle class in no time!

  43. david armstrong

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:43 #2035

    why on earth can arsenal fans not stop whining about dropping a point? What a disgrace they have to participate in character assassination because they didn't win.

  44. Magpienut

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:39 #2033

    You lot really do take the biscuit. Nice football, what's that? You don't like being tackled!!! Go and play netball then!!!

  45. BrokenBritain

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:34 #2032

    YES YES YES!!!!! I have ALWAYS regarded Barton as a brute. Not because i'm a gooner do I have this opinion, I have held it about him since his Citeh days. A GREAT ARTICLE.

  46. lee

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:29 #2031

    wow. just wow! You concede 4 goals after leading 4-0 and that is Barton's fault? Suppose if the world does end in 2012 that'll be Barton's fault also? Arsenal play some of the best football ever but they are massively let down by the attitude of the players, manager and a large majority of their supporters. Can not accept that newcastle pulled off the greatest ever PL comeback, can't accept everton leading at goodison the ref must have been bribed. Disgusting. Look at the way Fabregas has been diving and rolling around this season? hypocrisy. "People might view this piece as sour grapes because Barton ultimately stopped my side taking three points after we were cruising four nil at half time." The ONLY piece of this crap in which you talked sense

  47. 6ooner Pete

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:15 #2030

    Article rather embarrassing.Let's face it,we all knew Newcastle would come out with more aggression in the second half. Unfortunately,no one seemed to have told Wenger or the team,particularly Diaby. Barton was deliberately trying to wind Diaby up by an over aggressive tackle. It worked. Diaby should have got up and said "you can do that all you like,but we're still 4-nil up." Instead he got himself sent off. This then gave Newcastle some way back into the game. With the Home team showing far more character than we did, added to some dodgy refereeing decisions (one actually went our way for once) we capitulated. To lose a four goal lead is almost indefensible. Joey Barton may have his faults but if some of our players showed half the character he did we wouldn't need to be whinging about the result now.

  48. Neil

    Feb 07, 2011, 18:09 #2029

    'great nation'? You need to lay off the coke and stop reading the daily mail.

  49. Feb 07, 2011, 18:02 #2027

    Of course, Wenger's turning a blind eye approach (I didn't see it) doesn't hinder social development... how middle class.

  50. Jason Scott

    Feb 07, 2011, 17:51 #2026

    You make a lot of comments regarding your opinion on 'the state of the UK', but to single out joey barton in your rant for englands demise as a nation as a whole as well as a footballing nation is laughable. If we take this approach, then surely the likes of Tony Adams should have thought twice before becoming intoxicated and getting behind the wheel, where far more damage could have been caused had it not been for a garden wall coming to the nations defence. Perhaps he is to blame for the UK having a terrible teenage drink problem? or for grown men beating their wives and children after a few too many? and perhaps Graham Rix should be accountable for the state of pheodaphilia in the UK today, what with him serving a jail sentance for having intercourse with a minor.

  51. Gillan Murray

    Feb 07, 2011, 17:37 #2025

    What next ? Barton responsible for "Global Warming"!

  52. Carl Powell

    Feb 07, 2011, 17:04 #2022

    "He's names Joey Barton and he loves the toon, names Joey Barton and he loves the toon, everyone needs a nutter in the middle, everyone needs a nutter!" Barton for England! Robert Exley knows nothing, he done the crime, done the time now is showing what a class footballer he really is.

  53. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:50 #2020

    Sean - have to agree. Also the media gushing about the amount og goals scored. It is not becasue there is so much talent but rather because the standard is so piss poor. Yeah it is fun and entertaining but do you think it worries the Garmans, Italians and Spanish - they're too bust laughing at the Premiership.

  54. simon fry

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:34 #2019

    terrible article and does not represent arsenal supporters in a good light. could not care less about joey barton, his past or how this reflects society. facts, Diaby deserved to go (Nolan should have too). poor defending for first pen, shocking decsion for second one. Even down to ten we should not be conceding 4 in 20 mins! ANOTHER FACT - WE ENDED THE WEEKEND CLOSER TO THE TOP!!!! Get behind the team and ignore moyes, barton and alike. close ranks, stick together and win the league.

  55. Jim

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:33 #2018

    The comments below exemplify why Spain won the world cup and not England. The sport has moved on and developed. Barton is out of the dark ages of football and belongs there along with gauging in rubgy, bodyline in cricket. Football players worth millions are investments and do not deserve tackles that belong to age of when footballers were part-timers and received a national wage.

  56. Sean

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:30 #2016

    JJB (2321), it should read 'to match your club', not 'too match your club.' Us silly northerners eh? Dry your eyes son.

  57. Jimmy Nail

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:30 #2015

    Get a grip.

  58. AP71

    Feb 07, 2011, 16:11 #2012

    You're a journalist? You hide that well little boy. Bad week for arsenal, an unwanted prem record and then their real fans see a piece like this on a site affiliated to them, poor buggers. Reminds me of the John Thompson character in the fast show "true blue gunner-ooner". Glad you don't support my team son, think i'd be in an ITU awaiting cringe-bypass surgery.

  59. JJB

    Feb 07, 2011, 15:41 #2007

    I love it when an article like this gets replies of such veracity from other fans you know you have hit a nerve! Although longwinded and a little too much journalistic self indulgence for my liking, your point is bang on. its easy for NUFC fans to talk about our foreign "lightweight" boys who can take have it up em!......These are the same fans that have no problem supporting a vile little shit like Barton in their team....Although Arsenal players are no angels, we would never have the kind of scum like Barton in our shirt. It says allot about the supporters who are happy to turn a blind eye to his disgusting behavior as long as a point is earned.....typical ignorant Northern attitude. For the record I thought he challenge on Diaby was not a red card and Diaby was right to go off, that’s not what the article is saying....I imagine though many of the Newcastle readers gave up after the 1st few lines as they would have had to attempt to read words with more than 3 syllables! I was surprised you didn’t sign Diouf in the window, another player with the personality too match your club……

  60. Curtis

    Feb 07, 2011, 15:41 #2006

    Hahaha what a loser! typical sour grapes from the goons

  61. Johnny Two Times

    Feb 07, 2011, 15:22 #2004

    Excellent article. Unfortunately there are many of these Barton clones up and down the country. Seems to me that some of the posters here obviously have a liking for him and his antics both off and on the football pitch. To those who admire Mr Barton's skills I suppose this is the type of individual you would be proud of representing England internationally? Do you really think that his skills would win England the European Championships or the World Cup for that matter? You have this notion that you need to have a 'hard man' who can knock the opposition about in order to be successful in this game. Take a deep insightful look at how the other nations play and ask yourself why they seem to succeed.

  62. richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 14:52 #2001

    At the risk of repeating myself, It was a fantasic game that had everything for both sides, pure drama, It should and will be remembered for a very long time as a truly great, entertaining game. Both teams and both sets of fans played their part in the spectacle, move on and enjoy the memory of it.

  63. Paul NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 14:36 #2000

    Rob Ok fair enough point taken, I think i was taken a little off track with some of the other comments on here. I assume your the writer of the article? Do you think your article serves a purpose? It has no relevance to the game played,why did you release it so closely after Saturdays game. Why release it on your fan site, why not find a like minded Website to push this on like minded people.This was either poorly timed or just bitterness?

  64. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 14:26 #1999

    Paul NUFC - ok explanation accpeted and you make a fair point. But bear in mind that we were missing our muscle/enforcer in midfield (Song) as well as the creativity of Nasri. What we had out on Saturday was very much under-strength on Saturday and when Diaby went off we had no midfield at all. We don't deny we are mentally weak and need signing - just see the other articles and the forum on here....

  65. Kieran McGhee

    Feb 07, 2011, 14:25 #1997

    As a Newcastle fan - and long-time admirer of the work of Mr Wenger - I see this an a typical 'jump-on-the-bandwagon' piece. Barton HAS improved. All of these 'crimes' you point out were all committed in the past. Barton has lived almost 4 years in the NE. He has never been caught out beating a DJ up on camera. He has never fucked his teamates' wives/girlfriends. He has never murdered anyone. Yet here we are again. with this tired old drivel. I'm sorry mate, but it stinks of sour grapes.

  66. Paul NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 14:13 #1996

    Rob, I assume your referring to Keegan when you mentioned the Messiah. That was always something SKY pushed as opposed to Newcastle fans. regarding Viera and Barton whilst i agree Viera was a world class footballer and Barton is not i was referring to a mental strength and desire to succeed that both have, something that all your current midfield lacks. As a Newcastle season ticket holder and someone who travels to their fair share of away games I know its highly unlikely I will see champions league football anytime soon. You should be happy you get to see such good football and if you do want to win the league anytime soon, admit that Wenger needs to change the mentality of his players or buy a midfielder who isnt afraid of a tackle.

  67. Ian McCarthy

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:47 #1994

    It was actually Dan Smith who broke Diaby's leg. Ryan Smith was an Arsenal player who had a couple of Carling Cup appearances.

  68. andy

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:47 #1993

    oh deary me, an arsenal fan whingeing about player behaviour. Lets have a quick glance through the Arsenal hall of Shame. these are just the ones i can come up with from memory. -Martin Keown sure showed how to act with class and decorum when RvN missed his penalty. -Paul Merson, drugs ang gambling addictions. -Tony Adams served time and had an alcohol addiciton. -Patrick Viera, right up there in the Premiership red card league. I for one would like to praise Joey Bartons' reaction to being grabbed by the throat and being thrown to the ground. he just left it alone.

  69. Rob.

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:46 #1992

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Paul NUFC ^^^^^^^^^^^^ - you simply cannot mention Vieria and Barton in the same sentence. Oh and Newcastle fans are really in no position to use the word "Messiah" either!

  70. Joe

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:45 #1991

    Blame the ref, blame Barton, blame the rest of the world but don't blame yourself. You lost that game because you think teams should stand off and let you run rings around them. You lost that game because you showed a lack of discipline, a lack of composure and rather than tackle what was coming at you, you concentrated on whining to the ref. Like your myopic manager, the person who has cultivated this attitude, you couldn't see what was staring you in the face.

  71. Yulaw

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:43 #1990

    Makes some good points, which only the general scum of England will say is bad, bitter etc. England is a country going down the hole and while Arsenal moan about certain things and this is seen as bad, what about the English moaning about not getting the Word Cup etc? This is a country of underachievers where no one does their jobs properly and everyone is on a free ride. Hence, scum like Phil Dowd and the fact England can't win at anything, namely football. This is a third world company yet none of these deluded morons can see it

  72. Russel Street 78

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:42 #1989

    And in other news, 50,000 geordies celebrating a home draw like they'd just won the Champion's League.

  73. Paul NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:40 #1988

    After reading some of the comments from Arsenal fans, this article gets even funnier and to quote Joey himself if Arsenal players dont like being tackled why dont they play netball. Wenger has created this atmosphere that their players are some how special and different from others in the premier league, guess what the sooner you realise you aren't, then you might win something. You havent replaced Viera, and maybe if you had a Barton in your midfield you might win something. Does it not tell you that all the papers and pundits have described his tackle as hard but fair. Wenger needs to shut his whingey mouth and the Arsenal fans who blindy follow his every word likes he's the messiah need to get a reality check!! moaning twats!!!

  74. The Underclass

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:33 #1987

    Anybody who uses the word "lumpenproletarians" on a football blog, quotes Marx and contends the moral dilemmas of society based on a few individuals they happen not to like, needs a good punch in the nose. And I mean that in the most proletarian manner possible of course. I'd hate to offend your middle class sensibilities with anything less than a good old working class right hook.

  75. scoular

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:31 #1986

    A very sad article. You have a great football team who will never fulfill their potential because their manager, and their supporters, make excuses for them whenever things go wrong. This attitude feeds through to the team, who see themselves as perpetual victims of injustice, rather than showing the sort of fighting spirit shown by NUFC in the second half.

  76. Hannah Thackeray

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:30 #1985

    Absolute trash dressed up with long words. Utter dross and proof indeed that exams are too easy these days if this is what passes for journalism. No-one has lived an innocent life, and JB deserves a great deal of credit for the way he has conducted himself since his last sentence. Does no-one deserve a second chance, in your opinion? Oh, and by the way, Michael Barton is his step-brother - any decent journalist should check their facts before publishing.

  77. Chris marsh

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:27 #1984

    Keep it up Joey thrives on criticism, this article could wind him up enough to make him player of the season. Utter vindictive vitriolic fantasy Who is the better man you or Barton? Hmmm let me see- Barton by a mile!!!!

  78. John

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:19 #1983

    Hahaha. Jeez, what a moron. You calmed down yet? There there now.

  79. Get a grip

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:10 #1979

    Pure bitterness, you let a 4 goal lead slip, refusing to accept that fact and blaming it on everyone under the sun is probably expected. But to write such vindictive, hate filled properganda about the best player on the pitch (in both games against arsenal this season) is just utterly pathetic, and to bring his step brother into the matter is a disgrace. Anyone with half an ounce of sense will accept that Barton has been one of the best performers in the league this season, and for the past few years has seemed to have put his off field problems behind him. However there is still the odd idiot who refuses to aknowlege the rehabilitation Joey has shown, and his talent as a footballer, and instead choose to vent there pent uo anger towards him in an attemlt to make them feel better about themselves, and there club. Exhibit A, your long winded ill informed rant.

  80. french gooner

    Feb 07, 2011, 13:07 #1978

    excellent article.enjoyed every word of it.

  81. Rich

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:45 #1974

    You have very little ground on which to base your opinion. A disgusting challenge? He went in with one leg and they were both the same distance from the ball. They call that a 50/50 and it's what makes football a good game. If you turn it round the other way, do you remember the tackle on Newcastles Ben-Arfa? That is a disgusting challenge. Please think before you write an article that humiliates you. Very bad journalism.

  82. Martin

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:43 #1973

    Your comments, "sour grapes because Barton ultimately stopped my side taking three points after we were cruising four nil at half time" and "I’m a petty and vindictive little man" perfectly sum up your article. And the last two paragraphs are simply hilarious. Maybe you should try submitting this to the Daily Mail. I'm sure they'd consider printing it. It's just about low enough for them.

  83. felling_mag

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:35 #1972

    As you put it so well "it’s more in the vein of pure bitterness "

  84. Royboy

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:33 #1971

    Your lucky you got out with a point! Be thankful for that at least! Our 12 man is 51,000 fans getting behind the team. Your 12 man is 4,5 people moaning that the world is against you. Pathetic, sums you lot up for exactly what you are. Fedup and a waste of time

  85. David Horne

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:19 #1967

    Pity the level of intellect displayed is not as extensive as the vocabularly used. Lumpenproletariat indeed. Yes, Nolan could easily have been dismissed and the second penalty was incorrect, but Best's perfectly valid goal (unlike van Persie's effort at the death) was also incorrectly scrubbed off. Dressing up this pompous drivel as a well-thought article is ludicrous. Threw just about everything into the mix - apart from religion - including Joey's half-brother..but forgot to mention that he appealed for him to give himself up. As for using patriotism to back this piece up - last refuge of a scoundrel I believe. The experts agree that Barton's tackle was legal.You drew a match you should have won, but also could have lost. Man up and get over it. Arsenal have had their share of villains over the years Keown, Dixon and the repeatedly incarcerated Storey. Hypocrite.

  86. thedudeabides

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:16 #1966

    Boo hoo, did that nasty man Barton do a tough tackle on one of your players. Instead of talking bollocks, why don't you grow a pair?

  87. Robert can eat a dick

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:15 #1965

    ha ha with a player like joey Barton playing for Arsenal maybe they would be able to handle it when other teams get a bit physical with them. At half time i was ashamed to be a newcastle supporter but after full time that shame paled in comparison to the pride I felt to be a supporter of a team with enough character to come back from 4-0 down lead by Joey Barton, by the end of the game anyone that was connected to arsenal in any way should have felt shame beyond belief, i mean seriously, how can a team wanting to win the title fail to maintain a 4 goal lead agaist a team that has just lost their top goal scorer and their second choice as well. furthermore If anyones reaction to the incident was "thuggish" it would have to be diaby's. 1 hard challenge that was in fact perfectly legitimate one and he blows his top if i remember back to newcastle wolves the "notorious" barton sustained 5 or 6 challenges that were far heavier than that and he was able to keep himself composed as he was when diaby grabbed his neck and threw him to the ground. you are just an arsenal supporter realising his team never really were in the running for the title and you want to blame Joey Barton.

  88. Barry LFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:14 #1964

    Coming from an Arsenal fan this is very rich. I've never seen a team like them - they dive, feign injury, roll around like they've been shot when they get a tap, yet also put in some ridiculous tackles (just look at the players like Vieira, Diaby, Keown - the latter of those three hounded van nistelrooy a few years ago in a bizzare piece of gamesmanship and wenger DEFENDED him. WTF? I suggest this writer looks closer to home at Arsene Wenger, the only manager in the history of English football to field a team without British players, over his cheating tactics before pointing the finger at a player who is trying to turn his career and life around and making a good job of it. Idiot

  89. Martin Harris

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:06 #1962

    What a sad pathetic person you clearly are , Joey Barton is obviously (to anyone but yourself) trying to improve his behaviour both on and off the pitch , he is not an angel whereas you are a bigotted, arrogant , narrow minded, self opinionated moron.Regarding the tackle in question it appeared to have no malicious intent although could on another day have caused injury but as has been said previously football is a contact sport.

  90. Ian W

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:06 #1963

    Strange timing to post this in a season where Barton has cleaned up his act and has played extremely well. The challenge on Diaby was hard but fair, and the guy needs to man up and accept that contact is part of the game. Much like many Arsenal staff, players and fan blog writers it seems.

  91. Dave Curry

    Feb 07, 2011, 12:01 #1959

    I take it you felt the same way about Tony Adams then? After all he was sent to prison, had alcohol problems, off the field behaviour issues, put in some shocking tackles in his time too. Are you going to write an article about what an odious man he is and how he shouldn't get media and football jobs. Maybe Barton was just looking up to the example of players like him!!! This is another great example of the excuse culture that Wenger has created at Arsenal, given that the same culture can be seen in the behaviour of Fabregas, Wilshere etc and also seems to be one of the major faults in modern society then maybe you should consider Wenger & Arsenal a "Walking Embodiment of Everything that’s wrong with Britain today"!

  92. Del Emden

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:58 #1958

    IF THAT WAS A FAIR TACKLE THEN MY PRICKS A BLOATER! barton is an odious little twat-trying to reform my arse-did you not see his punch to the solar plexis on petersen of blackburn a couple of months back. Diarby, incensed by the tackle was wrong to react the way he did but what is it with referees how they allow dangerous tackles to go unpunished-see bartons "tackle" on arshavin- giving licence to him to carry on dishing it out. Barton did'nt draw the game for you Dowd did. Shocking ref as most of them are. Are you geordies happy that another thug went unpunished for a disgusting assault on Ben arfa-namely De jong. Surely not. We need, like rugby and cricket, to bring in live video officials to stop all these wrong decisions. I for one, am sick of seeing games decided by poor decisions from the officials.

  93. Geordie Deb

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:58 #1957

    Robert Exley - If we're talking 'armed with nothing more than an empty head and a moral vacuum' surely this applies to young Jack Wilshire. You may think it's ok for people to take photos up womens' skirts without their knowledge, when compared to Joey Barton fighting in the street, but surely this is an indication of your wonky moral compass. Most decent women would be appalled to be a victim of this type of loutish behaviour and those who condone it as it's only a 19year old larking about are just as bad. Tut Tut

  94. Si

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:54 #1956

    I have to say I'm absolutely gobsmacked at how bitter Arsenal fans are after Saturdays collapse. Such a shame that a great club like Arsenal has attracted a bunch of moaning, disillusioned "fans" like some on here. Still with a manager like Wenger, perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised... I'd like to ask any of you Arsenal fans a question - how do you think Fabregas or Diaby would have reacted, if they had been grabbed by the neck and thrown to the floor? Would they stay completely calm, and hardly react at all? Because thats what Joey Barton did on Saturday. I think deep down you all know that if that happened to an Arsenal player, it would be followed by 5 minutes of rolling around on the floor, with the rest of the team discussing (intimidating) the issue with the ref.

  95. Tony the gooner

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:53 #1955

    What a crock of shite, I cannot believe that his article was written by a fellow Gooner str8 after that debacle on Sunday. Barton's tackle was fair and to castigate him just shows sour fucking grapes. The result was fair, Barton carries baggage, but so do most of us. Isn't it time we all gave the lad a break and give him a chance to turn himself around which is what it looks like he's doing.

  96. simon-toon

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:50 #1954

    Same old Arsenal, failing to capitalize on a day when united drop points. Very bitter article indeed, its players like barton arsenal lack, a bit of steel in the ranks rather than boys with promise that never deliver when it counts.

  97. Rob Lee

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:47 #1953

    Iv'e never known a bigger bunch of whiners than you Arsenal lot from your Manager down to you fans, you lot think you have the right to WIN the game for turning up,4-0 up ? loool

  98. Joey Barton's lonely braincell

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:46 #1952

    Arsenal must stop blaming others for capitulating and Diaby needs more self-discipline - Joey however can deal with his problems by getting drunk, assaulting a 15 year old, exposing his backside, stubbing his cigar out on a team mate's face, committing ABH, etc. Dear me, if I was stuck in a city full of such twats I'd fuck off and leave to work on a German building site too. BTW - Adams may have been an alchy who was banged up for drunk driving, he has never beat his wife though. You're mixing him up with your other favourite son - Gazza

  99. bowburnmag

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:41 #1950

    ‘Barton’s righteous indignation’. There’s some bitter irony to pour on your middle class nonsense. Proof, if needed, that everyone loves to blame Joey for all of their woes. He puts a foot in, your drop their 'Ar$e' and he dictates the game from there on in, whadayagandee?

  100. Seven Kings Gunner

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:37 #1949

    I am not sure why this article was posted - his tackle was hard but not a foul. Anyone who thinks Barton's tackling was tough you wait till we play Birmingham, we need to grow some balls pretty quickly before the Carling Final.

  101. AndrewNUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:30 #1948

    you are actually fucking idiots. Diabys allowed to throttle somebody cause he's had a few injuries. I can't wait till Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa are back, we can then start smacking players everytime they're tackled. but it's okay because they had bad injuries it's understandable. Bartons changed his career round and now he's influencing games, just a bit bitter because he ran both games and has 2 goals and an assist against you this season?

  102. Feb 07, 2011, 11:25 #1947

    You cannot compare Barton as a mature adult fighting in the street with a 19 year old taking upskirt photos! Get real Toon Army.

  103. Ham & Peasepuddin'

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:24 #1946

    Can one of you 'gooner' chaps attest to the fact that Mr Anthony Costa is not one of your own. Thanks in anticipation etc

  104. Jon Doe

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:14 #1943

    Rob, you appear to see 'upskirt photography' as very much a lesser crime than others. Surely, your perverted views are a symptom of a nation in decline too?

  105. Johnny Hoy

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:13 #1942

    Had Barton been playing for us we'd have won. He's an unpleasant character but he's a better player than you give him credit for.

  106. richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:10 #1941 it wasn't alledged, he did it and served his time, as did Tony Adams. Absolutely no relevance to your teams capitulation on Saturday though, the answer to that is much closer to home and thats where you should be looking if you must blame someone for it, or just man up and accept the game for what it was, 2 teams playing great football, one team in either half. Excitement, drama, controversy and both sets of fans being put through the mill. Treasure the memory of the fantastic match it was and move on. Before 3pm Saturday you would have settled for Man Utd and Chelsea losing and Arsenal picking up a point at SJP, be happy and enjoy it.

  107. Joey

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:07 #1940

    Rob that hole is getting bigger might want to put that shovel away!

  108. Geordie Deb

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:04 #1939

    Dear oh dear. I am sure there are many, many Arsenal fans out there who will be cringeing at the pathetic self serving drivel you have written regarding Joey Barton who according to you is responsible for all the wrongs in the world. Joey has no doubt had a past that he is ashamed of, blighted by alcoholism and anger management issues, quite a lethal combination. However the current tee total Joey Barton has made great strides to put his life back on track by buckling down, concentrating on his football, trying not to react despite immense provocation virtually every time he steps out on a pitch, and carries out a great deal of charity work outside the public eye. In my opinion he a man getting his life back on track and he should be applauded for it, not denigraded by the likes of you. As you are writing this as an Arsenal fan can you not see some of the sheer hypocrisy in the article, ignoring the very robust challenges made and the dodgey life styles led by many past and present Gunners players. Barton has been a great leader and team player for us, and is willing to take a pay cut to pay back the loyalty shown by the club and it's fans during some of his most difficult days. Can you say hand on heart that any of your foreign legion would be willing to do the same. No-one condones what Joey Barton was like in the past but to me everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around and for people not to harp on about past failings. As Joey has been helped a lot by Tony Adams I'm sure he would not be too pleased to read such vindictive nonsense from a Gunners fan. Clearly you and all your extended family have led lives as pillars of the community, but even so you have no right to make such an attack on Joey Barton or anyone else. I like watching the Gunners play and have marvelled at some of the very skilful players you have had. What is becoming increasingly repugnant is the nasty, moaning, whingeing attitude that some fans such as yourself display when things don't go Arsenal's way. Whingeing Wenger always blames everyone/everything else but his team and that self serving attitude is making the players and some of your fans believe that it is everyone's fault but your own when things don't go right. Reading some of the Arsenal's boards yesterday it was toe curlingly embarrasing seeing the level of delusion and paranoia of some of your fan base ie the match was fixed, the refs taken a back hander, it was the refs fault, Joey Bartons, hot dog seller etc etc. Why don't you just man up and accept when these things happen. Your players folded like a pack of cards and until they develop the mental resilience to fight when the chips are down and someone out there shows some leadership instead of blaming everyone else for the predicament you will never become champions. Hopefully when you have had a chance to calm down you will be embarrased to re read your article, if you aren't embarrased then I'm embarrased for you.

  109. Dear Daily Mail...

    Feb 07, 2011, 11:01 #1938

    Wow. What are you like when you lose? Barton has an apalling history, but (1 on-pitch misdeameanor aside, for which he was rightly banned when TV caught it) he's been a different man for the last year and a half since he stopped drinking. The tackle on Diaby was fair. Diaby's response was not.

  110. Frank Gallagher

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:54 #1936

    Dear Mister Magoo. Barton won the ball fairly and squarely. Are you blind or just fucking stupid?

  111. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:54 #1935

    What was the offence then - alledgedly figting outside at McDonald's in a city centre? Either way you can't compare affray with an upskit incident. Joey Barton the future of England FC.

  112. NewkieBrown

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:46 #1932

    What a load of absolute drivel. The degree of bitterness you show over a football match which your side simply didn't deserve to win in the first place is incredible. Rather than being honest, holding up your hand and recognising the floors in your team of football wizards you feel the need to somehow blame the wrongs of society on Joey Barton? Including some completely unrelated bullsh1t about his brother. You should start writing for the Daily Mail mate, if you haven't already. If you'd like to complain about dirty teams then I'd point to the fair play league table-Arsenal's 6 red cards to Newcastles 1 red, which wasn't even from Joey Barton by the way. There was nowt wrong with the tackle, yet Diaby's reaction is parralleled by your own reaction to your teams failings-childish, bitter and petty.

  113. richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:42 #1930 look less knowledgeable(didn't think that was possible) with every comment you make, run along son. Axe attack? that was Barton's brother you halfwit.

  114. John 'Gibbo' Gibson

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:30 #1928

    Big 'up' to Arsenal supporter (Gooner,right?) NIK (#2223)for his profoud and illuminating, not to say mature, contribution to this debate. That'll show em fick norverners up innit!

  115. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:29 #1926

    How can you compare the actions of a 28 year old (affray) with those of a 19 year old (taking photos up girls' skirts) - daft twats...

  116. wyn355

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:21 #1923

    Joey Barton has done some nasty things in his past by his own admission,but is changing his life for the better. He will always have a bad boy tag stitched onto him and will remain a target for players,ref and one sided media hacks. Joey is the toons best player this season imo and should be in line for england but luckily for us he isnt. by the way i thought it was terrible the way barton forced is neck into diabys hand, totally unccalled for and should be banned for life

  117. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:17 #1922

    The kid Behind Barton in the photo above has got the right idea!

  118. GoalMouth

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:16 #1921

    As a life long Toon fan & a respecter of the gooners style of play, reminds me of us in the 90's...I've gotta say...Oh dear!..Howay man...Haddaway n' shite!..I think even you know what that means. BTW, was this ever a great nation? A bully lead by toffs maybe. That nationalist crap is well skewed mate. We deserve what we've got now, FACT!

  119. Joey

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:16 #1920

    Robert Exley you should hang your head in shame for this piece of inept 'journalism'. As always with THE Arsenal, the finger is pointed in the opposite direction. Just like daddy Wenger the aim is to deflect attention because Arsenal can do no wrong. People forget Diaby's 'challenge' ON Barton in the first half. Wreckless but Joey was man enough to quickly shake Diaby's hand, its a pity Abou couldnt have shown the same level of maturity. It seems that you, Robert Exley, have also been blessed with the same level of maturity as your French counterpart. A poison pen a keyboard warrior. "Wisdom is learning what to overlook."HWTL!

  120. Chris

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:14 #1919

    Tony Adams? Paul Merson? Jack Wilshire? David Hiller? Glass houses my friend. Nothing more than sour grapes

  121. Nik

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:09 #1918

    love all the the pathetic newcastle supporters jumping on an arsenal blog and defending that thug, a few inches lower and diaby would have had his leg broken for a second time and then our keeper is put in a headlock and booked for it by ur disgrace of a captain, hopefully the loss of carrol will send ur scum of a club back to the championship

  122. Dave

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:04 #1917

    Utterly pathetic, embarrassing even. Grow up.

  123. gogz_86

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:02 #1916

    'People might view this piece as sour grapes because Barton ultimately stopped my side taking three points after we were cruising four nil at half time.' Bursting my ass off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  124. Rob is wrong

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:02 #1915

    It was 12 points, get the facts right and stop crying over Joey Barton.

  125. Gooner 1st and last

    Feb 07, 2011, 10:01 #1913

    Robert Exley I am as much ashamed of you as I am of my team who have no excuses for throwing away a substantial lead. You are not one of our true supporters and we do not need your type of reporting to show up our team and our managers failings. In fact if You want to get personal in your reports of opposing teams and their individuals look closer to home at the skeletons in your cupboard and your families cupboard, and I know what I am talking about. We do not need the likes of you embarrassing our club. Go and support someone else

  126. niconeil

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:56 #1912

    Reads like a 10 year old who's swallowed a dictionary .

  127. Markaccus

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:54 #1911

    Rob post 2201. the difference is we don't pick out players from other teams and blame them. Keegans naivity is to blame for losing 13 point lead, we accept it and move on> We don't cry in our beer about it like you lot. P.S. Apparently joey barton was seen hiding behind the grassy knoll.

  128. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:53 #1910

    ****************************************************************** Check the one page of your balmy toooooon mun history. 12 point lead.

  129. richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:50 #1908

    Gunner246..... at last a true Gooner fan with some common sense, as I said earlier just enjoy the memory of that game for what it was. It had everything, sheer joy for Gooner fans followed by despair, despair for Toon fans followed by sheer joy, controversy, spirit, character great goals and great football from both teams.

  130. danalovAFCXI

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:49 #1907

    ha-ha I thought I was reading the daily mail for a few minutes. This article is a classic case of referring back to past times as if they were some golden age which incidentally never existed. Barton is a scumbag yes but in no way does he represent an entire class lumpun or otherwise such sweeping generalisations belong on the pages of the Daily Mail as you said and not in a commentary on what turned out to be a shambles of an affair for our Gooners. Why don’t you focus on the football instead?

  131. Paul NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:49 #1906

    WOW reading this article and the language used leads the reader to believe that the writer is of high intellect. How wrong you can be. This article is distasteful and bitter. Whilst Joey Barton is hardly a modern citizen, he is trying to change and credit should be given for that. To bring up a family member's wrong doing is very low, has no one in your own family ever did anything wrong, if so maybe you should be held accountable for it. In conclusion this article is pure garbage written by a total moron.

  132. Sean

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:45 #1905

    Rob, who lost a 13 point lead? Not Newcastle.

  133. nufctoonarmy

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:43 #1904

    Sing when you're winning ......You only sing when you're winning.....what a bad loser!

  134. Jamie Smyth

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:43 #1903

    Do you whinging arsenal fans ever shut up, all you do is moan about tackles, you need to man up its a contact sport what do you expect didnt seem to mind when Viera or Winterburn or Keown were flying into tackles but when its on your fancy faggot midfield you cry! waawaaawaaa poor arsenal! P.S Wenger is a paedo , COYS!

  135. ToonBarmy

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:42 #1902

    What a load of shite. It's all Joey Bartons fault. Get over it will you. Bitter Arse fans as per usual. Fickle fans looking for any excuse for their demise. I agree Joey has been a complete tool in the past (to say the least) but have to admit he has shown signs he is growing up. He's been immense and a great all round footballer this year. Not reacting to tackles or intimidation. If only your players could do this when things aren't going your way (which is quite often for our players). Grow up man, take it on the chin and stop looking for people to blame. PS Did you know climate change and the state of the economy is Joeys fault too. He should be hung.

  136. worjackie

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:40 #1901

    "I’m a petty and vindictive little man" you say. I wholeheartedly agree. There is no excuse for this low calibre of "journalism" . Manage your own anger, boy, and make a positive contribution "for the sake of football and more importantly, for the soul of this once great nation." Either that or get a proper job.

  137. Gunner246

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:38 #1900

    You make us Arsenal fans sounds complete whingers. Disgrace of an article. Joey Barton should be in the England squad. Good luck to Newcastle this season and without deluded fans such as the one who wrote this article we can head to the top of the league

  138. Rob

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:37 #1899

    ****************************************************************** 4-0 and we fucked it up at? At least it wasn't 13 points ****************************************************************** I would love it, just love it! ****************************************************************** What a bunch of daft twats...

  139. richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:35 #1898 it wasn't a foul,everybody and I mean everbody bar your moaning lot deemed it a good tackle, even Ray Parlour, oh and Nolan was booked for the foul on the keeper.Why don't you try watching a game your commenting on!!??

  140. Blackandwhite9

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:33 #1897

    I may be wrong and I may be looking through Black and white eyes but wasn't it Diaby that grabbed hold of Barton and shoved him to the floor ( with no hint of retaliation from the newcastle midfielder)and then proceeded to shove Nolan as well , but hey Barton's got a past so lets blame him for the indiscipline in the arsenal ranks and the fact that you should have had this wrapped up - but thru it all away - again , grow up and grow a pair!!!

  141. Mark

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:33 #1896

    Robert Exley, grow up! What a load of crap, your not doing to well are you.....

  142. Sean

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:32 #1895

    Oh dear gooners crying about nasty Joey Barton. Whats your memory like Robert? Remember Viera, Adams, Keown? How many 'hard but fair'-(BBC's description of the incident) -tackles have these arsenal players been guilty of? And oh how the north bank cheered each and every one of the 'tackles'? Hypocrites every single one of you. You honestly fit into the stereotype of soft southerners with every word typed, grow a pair of nads.

  143. Markaccus

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:30 #1894

    And Arsenal avoid having players who embody what is wrong with the country, by simpy signing mostly foriegn players. Just another bitter cockney rant. Grow up.

  144. 40 41 42 43 44

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:28 #1893

    This is the biggest load of bollocks I've ever read, and my god do you like to ramble on and on and on and on....Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. I should have just closed the window after reading the 1st bit: "Newcastle midfielder’s ‘challenge’ on Diaby was nothing compared to some of his assaults" because that in itself is an absolute blinkered joke. The ball was there to be won. A 50-50 ball which both players went in for. Barton went through and won the ball with 1 foot fairly. Diaby's reaction was nothing short of pathetic. At 4-0 up all he had to have done was to have taunted Barton with the scoreline, but instead he lost his marbles! Pure stupidity. The rest of your article is pure bull as well. Have you actually re-read what you wrote and realised just how much of a twat you look? Barton has been highly professional this season and if you give him a chance and actually listen to him, he does have a humble side. But nop, you just harp on about his off the field previous issues because it makes you feel better, and enables you to deflect away from the fact that your team imploded and threw away a 4 goal lead. Bitter and always moaning. I love watching Arsenal play, but your fans are such whiners. Show some respect for a change. We got the same at the Emirates. You couldn't hack the fact that you lost. We lose games and take it on the chin, why can't Arsenal fans just SOMETIMES just accept things a bit more gracefully?

  145. spike

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:27 #1891

    A lot of blog writers take a few deep breaths before pushing the "publish button" when writing over-emotional one-sided out-of-date idiocy like this. Shame you didn't pause for thought. You will be embarrassed when you calm down.

  146. murvar

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:27 #1890

    An article which prompts respondents to say stuff like "I don't condone murder, but...." must be seriously bizarre. And it is. Your players couldn't take responsibility for their predicament and your manager never can. This lack of character and leadership is what's blighting Arsenal. It's as though they have an entitlement mentality - "We play the best football so we should be allowed to win everything". And it infects the fans too - they went AWOL as soon as the fightback began and just didn't try to rally their team - in stark contrast to the Toon's incredible support. I suppose that's the difference between the stotty cake crew and Arsenal's prawn sandwich set.

  147. shameonyou

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:27 #1889

    What utter bullshit! Barton's challenge (no inverted commas) was fantastic. He won the ball fairly and I can't believe the reaction of Diaby - like a child! A man should be judged on how he reacts to things and, quite frankly, Barton has been hounded all season and has reacted, for the most part, brilliantly on and off the pitch. If Diaby was half the player Barton or Tiote are he would have got up and carried on like a man! I think you need to take a journalism course pal.

  148. Lee Martin

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:27 #1888

    i thought it was a good proper tackle you little gooner pricks can you hear the arseholes sing NEVER LOL

  149. The Song

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:26 #1887

    It was Daniel Smith who broke Diaby, not Ryan, though you might be mixing Shawcross into it.. otherwise I wholeheartedly agree with the entire post.

  150. Indefence of the playground

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:24 #1884

    It is a game of physical contact. Always will be unless you simply want Arsenal to be given the ball and no one take it off you. Grow up. Check your yellow and red card record in recent years before you start picking on others for taking a ball Diaby failed to control.

  151. june gibson

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:21 #1882

    you are right in one respect. You are a petty minded vindictive little "man" (i hesitate to use the word man, but in the absence of any better description it will have to do.

  152. JLS

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:18 #1881

    Wow! all that hate out there, agree that Wenger doth whinge too much and that Barton is a turd, however they both do an excellent job for their respective teams, can we move on please.

  153. zoli

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:18 #1880

    Brilliant article!!!!

  154. Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:17 #1879

    All I would expect from a typical Gooner's fan what a load of whining so & so's. Barton has had his troubles and did his time in gaol. His tackle on Diaby was a fair tackle. For Gods Sake when will the gooners Manager, players & fans give some credit to the other team instead of playing the hard done by whimps. I hope you win nowt

  155. Lynxie

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:16 #1878

    Disgraceful and hypocritical article. You should be ashamed of yourself, and you are a disgrace to your club and nation withthis sort of tripe. Joey Barton is a reformed character, who has admitted his wrongs, and works on a daily basis to correct them. This garbage coming form an Arsenal fan, a team which spawned such 'fair play' and moral guardians as Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams and Paul Merson? Shut you r stupid hole and grow a pair, you dropped the ball after thinking you had strolled the match. Huge mistake. Title chasers, not a chance. decent supporters, now way.. Whinrs? Certainly. You are becoming the French Tossers clones. (I deed not see ze eenceedent.....) knobs. 4-0 and you f*cked it up.

  156. Hhrochnick

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:13 #1877

    Not even a foul? You people are blind. Why wasn't Nolan booked for his assault on Szczesny? You need to take off your rose tinted specs as much as we do. It's all too easy to cover up the facts with 'whinging Arsenal, whinge whinge whinge' and point the finger back. Look at the match again, ****ively, and you'll see that the refs performance was shocking, the second half in particular was so bad that it caused some commentators to laugh and others to make accusations of corruption. Face it, without Dowd's help, that amazing comeback would never have happened.

  157. King Tiote

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:11 #1876

    Arsenal would win the league if they had barton in their midfield.. it's what the soft cnuts are missing in my opinion.

  158. Bob

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:09 #1875

    Barton may well have been a nasty individual in the past, especially off the field, but his tackle on Saturday was part and parcel of the game as I used to love it. I only wish we had someone who could put in a tackle like that on occasion.

  159. Adam

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:07 #1874

    That is honestly the most ridiculous thing I have ever read.... I mean what about Bartons in hand crippling the economy?

  160. Nick

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:07 #1873

    Did you type that through tears. What a pathetic odious creature the author of this piece is.

  161. drona

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:07 #1872

    Newcastle fans all seem to have their brains in their arses just like Joey Barton. I would love to see footage of those fools when they were relegated recently.

  162. Nathan

    Feb 07, 2011, 9:05 #1870

    Diaby's benahviour was much worse than any other player on the pitch, yet it's understandable? Reacting like that when you are 4-0 up is NOT understandable. Horrible article once again attacking the easy target that is Joey Barton. Been clean for a good 2 years now and trying to change his ways and it kills people like the muppet who wrote this article, pulling incidents from his past to have a go at him. Sure his past ain't pretty, but his present is brilliant. He didn't react to Diabys aweful attack, something that he would of done 2-3 years ago. He is one of the best English midfielders out there at the minute and twats like you need to accept that sooner or later.

  163. S Coyne

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:58 #1868

    The Arsenal could do with an arse like Barton in their squad. A well articulated piece of prose, unfortunately your ire should be directed at your manager not Joey Barton.

  164. Jill

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:57 #1867

    It is a very nasty article from a very petty little man and is def ‘sour grapes’ with a vindictive attack on Barton and Pardew. As for Barton, my view is that the lad really is trying his best. He has had a lot to overcome from his upbringing and I believe he has stopped drinking and taken anger management. I do believe in ‘redemption’ and indeed Joey is trying very hard to redeem himself. For his sake I’d love to see him picked for England as he deserves a place. I wish the ‘Barton’ haters would give him a chance. The gooner who wrote the article though just hates him because he is looking for a scapegoat for their embarrassing draw after being 4-0 up. Silly little man.

  165. the_wiz

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:53 #1866

    Well done. The only drawback is that your comments may have run a bit long. Given the apparent attention span of most people these days, it's doubtful whether many made it to the end.... Their loss. I watched the Super Bowl yesterday, and as a plus-20-year expat from Amerika whose had occasion to view things across the pond from outside the fishbowl, it's both interesting and sad to note how many of your points are spot on with respect to many of your colonial cousins. Change the names and a few of the details, and the same could be written about Amerika's heroes. It doesn't matter what sort of character someone has (and demonstrates through their actions), ... score a few goals, throw a couple of TD passes, and all is forgiven. Although not mentioned in your remarks, Andrey Arshavin deserves some comment. He'd been out of form for a long stretch, and admittedly has never cut the best figure in terms of creating an impression of working hard. But in fairness, his contributions have not been insignificant even while not scoring as many goal as expected. His assist rate speaks for itself. But what for me is even more impressive is how he never pissed and moaned about getting "demoted" from the first-choice team. Indeed, he admitted that he wasn't playing as well as he would like, that it bothered him a lot, and that he was dong the best he could to regain his form. In a time when one of the prerequisites for stardom is the ability to shout loud and long, "Look at me, look at me!!", and to complain to whomever will listen (and there's never a lack of those) that they're not playing enough regardless of how poor their performances have been, Arshavin has been a (very) welcome breath of fresh air. With all the talk about a lack of leadership in the Arsenal squad, Arshavin's example is more than commendable.

  166. Sam Brice

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:52 #1865

    I can hardly believe what I have just read, before you start blaming Joey Barton for the state of this country maybe you should have a long hard look in the mirror. I absoloutly can't stand racism and obviously murder but that has nothing at all to do with Joey Barton, I think you are clutching at straws there pal, I get that your bitter and want him locked up so he can't score or create any more goals against your beloved arsenal but come on, it's like me suggesting that the reason that Tony Adams beat up women is because you support arsenal! On that note, why are Adams and Merson and all the wronguns that have played at arsenal not responsible for the downfall of Britain? Is it because they played for arsenal so they are just lovable rougues? I completely agree that in the past Joey has done some terrible things but he is trying to better himself (ask lord Tony Adams who took him in at his clinic for sporting bad lads). The fact is that Barton has been kicked around all season and for the most part has not reacted. On the flip side, Diaby was on the recieving end of a firm but perfectly fair and legal tackle and reacted by grabbing Barton by the neck and throwing him to the ground, seems to me like Diaby is the thug, maybe he was responsible for all the murders in the world?? I do not like to see players get injured but just because he has been injured in the past does that mean no-one can tackle him?? Does that excuse his violent response to a strong but fair challenge, of course not, JB is right, if he doesn't like it, he should try taking up syncronished swimming or ball room dancing! It is very clear that your incapable of giving people the chance to make up for previous errors and you would rather keep knocking them for past errors and things they are not even responsible for so can I expect you to write an article soon about how Adams' drinking and wife beating is responsible for 'broken britain' or Arsene Wenger's infedelities perhaps? Of course not because you are so narrow minded and bitter. Why not write about something constructive instead of trying to besmirch a player because your upset that your team cant hold on to a 4 goal lead.

  167. retgrewg

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:51 #1864

    Everyone's keen to assume that we're talking about Barton's challenge as in the one leading to the red card. No we're, mostly, not. It's one conveniently left out of match of the day as well as his brutal attack on Arshavin. Bad article but Barton is a dick and represents everything wrong with the English game along with Terry, Gerrard and Rooney. Oh and how many times has Wilshere actually been convicted of committing an offence? His most famous "arrest" was actually his voluntary attendance as a witness.


    Feb 07, 2011, 8:50 #1863

    He tore you a new one on Saturday. Make no mistake he did actually take you to the cleaners. An article like that is the biggest backhanded compliment he could ever be paid. Arsenals soft underbelly was exposed again - all the pretty pretty footballers who can pass the opposition to death just couldn't handle a Barton led NUFC's fightback. Move on cockerneys.

  169. Aged Gooner

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:46 #1862

    Fantastic You are an artist with words Joey Barton is a Sunday footballer from Hackney Marshes If he was not hiding behind football he would be with his brother and cousin hiding behind bars An absolute low life it is written in his ugly mug

  170. Sour Grapes

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:44 #1861

    Sour Grapes

  171. tjf81

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:43 #1860

    Couldn't be bothered to read it. You should be venting your anger at your heartless players and whinging manager not Joey Barton. Pathetic bunch of whinging fans, i did not see the incident but Barton should have been sent off. How does that work you fool Wenger............. Barton had a great game, your team folded like a pack of cards but you can never accept any blame.... Spoilt children.... Hopefully there will not be double standards from the FA and Wiltshire will be dealt with for his comments about the ref. Thanks for the 4 points this season.

  172. LycettNUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:42 #1859

    I got increasingly bored of your rant after the first couple of paragraphs as it is very narrow minded and sensationally unresearched bringing up a mans past to justify the failing of a team that collapsed under pressure from a team with a bond and a common goal. If you knew anything about Joey Barton these days is thy he is a drasically changed character, the man is teetotal, does slot of charity work and genuinely knows that his past is working against him so he has worked hard to change. We can all see that there are still some aspects of the old Barton in there but to call him every thing that's wrong with football shows how little you know about the sport, current England internationals have far worse tap sheets then Barton but get away with because they are media darlings and are the said players in as good as form as Joey? Well the answer is no! Bartons form this season makes him an asset to Newcastle and if England want to over lock him then it's their loss, and if you want to blame him for Arsenals second half collapse then that's up to you, but don't be mistaken Joey Barton is one he'll of a footballer!

  173. jerty

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:42 #1857

    More like jack wiltshire the winer, what's wrong with Britain is lack of respect for fellow people and authority, and to watch him moan after every decision was appalling, its only you lot and your tunnel vision manager that doesn't see or hear anything his players have done, that have a problem. Get over it , ya going to be more than 4 points we took of ya off first place anyway by the end of the season. Re the tackle of bartons, motd and goals on Sunday both said fair tackle

  174. rannigans

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:37 #1856

    sour grapes, bad loser, it was a perfectly good tackle if not he would have been booked, as usual arsenal bottled it.

  175. Dom

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:36 #1855

    The bitterness tastes good, Barton is a legend.

  176. Unbiased

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:34 #1854

    My, my. Some big words there. You've obviously got a serious inferiority complex, trying to impress with your (self-perceived) knowledge of the English language. I hope you similarly waxed lyrical about the loutish behaviour of a certain Tony Adams when he used to regularly beat up his wife of the time when returning home from drunken nights out with the "Romford Pele", and risk killing innocent bystanders with his drunken driving (his own words, not mine - read his book "Addicted", if you haven't already). I've nothing but admiration for Tony Adams for the way he's turned his life around, but then I'm a bigger man than you, and am willing to accept people can work at improving their lives, as Joey Barton has. Do you know anything at all about football? I suspect not. The art of tackling is equally as important as the silky skills side of the game. You talk about Charlton and Moore, but the team that won the World Cup with them in 1966 also needed the tigerish tackling of Nobby Styles. The Barton tackle on Diaby was hard but fair. Ask Patrick Vieira what his honest opinion of it is. Arsenal play the best football of any side in the Premier League, but that doesn't mean that other teams should just stand and admire their passing game. Football is a man's game. Get over it. Try giving a bit of praise to the opposition now and again. Or, alternatively, take the Arsene approach, and deny Arsenal ever adopt anything similar - I never saw it!

  177. Chris (from USA)

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:34 #1853

    Wow! Feel better for getting that off your chest? Certainly does seem a little petty and vindictive. To preface... I do not condone the past behavior of Joey Barton, or murder, or anything in between for that matter. That said he did do his time for his crimes and I'm under the impression that you are entitled to another chance, and that you are not guilty for another's crimes - even when the perpetrator is related. Regarding Barton as a person... He was and is an alcoholic (currently recovering, but never recovered). By his own admission he did some terrible things in his younger days particularly while under the influence of alcohol and he was punished. It would appear that he also had some significant anger management problems which were not a good combination as everyone knows. To his credit, he does appear to have got his life in order. That does not excuse his behavior in any way shape or form, however alcoholism is a disease and an addition that affects many and has many serious consequences, to overlook it as a factor is naive at best. I happen to agree that this along with many other things is a big problem in our society, but that is another conversation entirely. One could make the case that the rehabilitated (i.e. sober) Joey Barton is actually a positive influence and role model today for so many who are also struggling because he is a very public figure who has proven (at least in recent years) that you can come back from the brink. It is also my understanding that Joey Barton the player owes Newcastle for standing by him through off-field trouble and injury. I for one who am used to professional sports people being handed silly money and an early age, am actually refreshed to see a sportsmen be willing to show some loyalty, and apparently even be willing to take a pay cut (shock and horror!). Having spoken with some friends of mine who are Newcastle supporters, it would appear that he has been one of the best players in their team, and although I have no independent verification, one of the best English midfield players of the season. I have also seen a number of interviews with Barton which show a very reflective individual in my opinion, one who is far from empty headed and without a moral compass. He also seems to be honest and upfront about his feelings and beliefs - this has never been in doubt, and in fact has voiced feelings shared by many the ordinary man - you yourself refer to one such incident following the 2006 world cup. Regarding the match, which I was able to enjoy as a neutral fan watching a world-televised game from one of the greatest, if not the greatest soccer league on the planet... The game was a great advert for all that is right in the Premier League. It had everything and I personally believe it will be looked back on as one of the best games for many a year to come. Goals, red cards, two halves of admittedly one way free-flowing soccer at it's best. As a neutral, it is also enjoyable to see the underdog triumph. Just as seeing Stevenage win in the FA Cup against Newcastle, and Wolverhampton beating Manchester Utd. While Barton is certainly no saint, far from it in fact, it is people like you, writing vitriole like this that give the English fan and country as a whole a bad name. As for my personal interpretation of the game's key incidents as a trained referee (seemingly also the consensus in most blogs and articles I have seen). 1st half = Arsenal at their best, direct to goal, great movement off the ball with moments off pure class. Newcastle not really at the races. 2nd half = Arsenal at close to their worst. Headless chickens would be a good description. No tactics, no answers and some plain stupidity by Diaby started the problems. Barton's tackle was fair under all interpretations of FIFA's rules. He one the ball cleanly, sliding with only one foot and without any studs showing, with a minor collision with the player after the ball had been won. Certainly a hard tackle, but fair. There was no apparent intent to harm nor was the tackle dangerous. The referee called this correctly. Not a red, not a yellow and not even a free kick. Diaby on the other hand reacted (twice in fact) and gave the referee no option but to send him off with a straight red card. As a fan, an idiotic choice and entirely unnecessary. The first penalty was also fair. The defender came through the striker and did not make contact with the ball. The goalkeeper was time-wasting and got a fair yellow card. I may be mistaken but I believe the Newcastle player Nolan was also carded. The referee was well placed to see what happened, and if that was the case it was also fair - despite having the right to collect the ball, Nolan reacted with an unnecessary shove, not a punch and not to the head and therefore not a red card. The second penalty was the softest decision given, however at worst was a 50:50 call. Both players appeared to be playing each other more than the ball, but the defending team in their own area always has the greater risk. Personally I am in favor of cracking down on such fouls as I believe there are too many of them in the game today. All of the offside decisions were called correctly with the exception of a Newcastle goal that was wrongly disallowed, so theoretically it could have been worse for Arsenal. It was also noticable that the Arsenal players were significantly less sportsmanlike - asking for players to be booked, diving, swearing, making gestures, etc. All unnecessary and a detraction from the game in general. So yes, Arsenal lost a 4-0 lead for the first time ever and I'm sure it leaves a sour taste in the mouth for all Arsenal fans, but grow up and get off your high horse. It was a thoroughly entertaining game and to blame everyone but yourself (as the Arsenal manager seemed to do - it was their player, it was the referee, etc, etc) smacks of poor judgement and/or sour grapes. Finally to wish ill on someone else is at best in poor taste, and isn't life too short?

  178. tim toon

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:33 #1852

    Bitter much, southern losers

  179. Jonno

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:32 #1851

    Get over yourself you southern fairy - Newcastle did amazing to fight back and that was a fair challenge on Barton. HE GOT THE BALL!!!!!! Also 'chesney' should of handed the ball over - it's in the rules....! HWTL

  180. Gary NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:31 #1850

    A bit harsh i think. I accept Barton has previous convictions and has not been a good human being. But this article has been written purely because of sour grapes. It was a fair tackle. I can only say you must not have played football before? Also it must be said, Barton must have some intelligence as he is now tee-total and is trying to improve himself. Anyway, Arsenal are a great team and Arsenal fans are very lucky being able to watch a side like that, week in week out. Enjoy it while it lasts!

  181. Richietoon

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:30 #1849

    I used to have alot of time for Arsenal, they play football the way it should be played.....for the most part, but they dive,cheat and moan non stop during and now it seems your fans are doing the same. If you don't win it's everybody's fault except your teams. 1) Joey's tackle was hard but fair.2)The sending off was a correct decision but he was sent off for the 2 pushes which is the reason why Nolan "got away" with his one push. 3)Best had a perfectly good goal disallowed by the same linesman who gave the second(iffy) penalty, so no conspiracy or "fixing" there as both teams benefitted from his ineptitude. 4)RVP's late goal was offside, all 3 points are not opinions they are fact and everyone bar whingeing, moaning Gooner fans accept this. Arsenal were great in the 1st half but were equally as bad in the second, your teams heads visibly dropped after we scored the first and that is what you should be more concerned with, your teams like of fight and character because that's what is going to leave you with zero trophies again. Yes JB has been an arse in the past, which he has been punished for, Tony Adams could quite easily have killed someone whilst driving drunk, still a hero at Arsenal is he? Man up and accept the game for what it was, one of the best games you'll ever see and had the full range of emotions for both sets of fans. Accept it move on and stop heading towards becoming a laughing stock.

  182. ash100

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:30 #1848

    Comment is simple - bet you wish you had him in your team, get off his casew and look at your own lot i.e. Jack Wilshire for starters

  183. Geordie

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:24 #1847

    Get over the fair tackle bad loser, worry about your cup final as I fear brum might turn you over with their aerial prowess that tiote defence is sadly lacking!

  184. hurley

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:23 #1846

    100% on the money.

  185. kenn the toon fan

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:22 #1845

    all that rubbish wrote and you forgot to mention the old gunners boss Mr Graham taking bungs to lose matches ?? take off the blinkers

  186. Dazza

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:21 #1844

    I was going to write a long winded response to this, but have decided I can sum it up in two words - sour grapes.

  187. Dude

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:21 #1842

    Good Post !!

  188. Geordie Steve

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:21 #1840

    Of course we should all take lessons in morality from the team captained by the charmless Fransesc Fabregas.Added to the list of role models such as Tony Adams & Paul Merson. A manager in the guise of the utterly ungracious Arsene Wenger. Oh and did I mention 'Gorgeous' George Graham? Oh and the strokes pulled at the FA by that snake oil salesman, the smarmy David Dein. Lets not forget Arsenal's answer to El Hadj, step forward Emmanuel Eboue. Glass Houses, Kettles, Pots and stones, 4-0 UP AND YOU FUCKED IT UP. GET OVER IT!

  189. reggiekraytoosoftforthenorth

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:15 #1838

    Ah bless. Joey is ugly? Nice to know your interest in football doesn't just stick to their thighs but also their faces, diddums. All because he played the game fair whilst, Arsenal, as usual played foul.

  190. pants

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:14 #1837

    you are an idiot! people in glass houses! how many times has jack wiltshire been arrested?

  191. Jimbo27

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:13 #1836

    I've just wasted 10 minutes of my life reading that dribble. If the arsenal team had half the backbone Joey Barton had on Saturday, they would have left with 3 points. And for the record it was a hard but fair tackle, something a certain Mr Viera used to do for a once great team. Arsenal all flair, no fight.

  192. Peterscar

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:13 #1835

    You said it - you are indeed a "petty and vindicative man" full stop not "in comparison". You and Wenger deserve each other - grow up.

  193. GS

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:12 #1834

    That was a bit of a rant. Yes, Joey Barton caused all of England's problems because he was allowed to get 7 O levels and Karl Marx had a lumpen on his proletariat. You did go totally Daily Mail. Did you actually read what you wrote? It is rambling nonesense. Gingermen sleep with prostitutes called Wayne? I know what you were trying to say, but if you want to be all interlectually like, then get it right.

  194. axel

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:11 #1833

    that is the most shite article ive ever read.

  195. Pathetic Loser

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:08 #1832

    Do you feel better now you have gotten that off your chest? Poor old Diaby has had a broken leg, so no one is allowed to challenge him for the ball. Pathetic. There was nothing wrong with the challenge by Barton. He won the ball cleanly and Diaby wasn't even hurt. Big girls blouse. If he cant take a good challenge like that then he may aswell get out of the game, because you can be sure he will get many more now to test his reaction. You're just another one of wengers whingers. "I dont have an opinion about that..." Bitter and twisted. Have a go at your team for having no spirit, no leaders, no backbone and no balls. No team should let a 4 goal advantage slip whether down to 10 men or not. Laughing stock springs to mind. Now put your dummy back in there's a good chap.

  196. Nayan

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:07 #1831

    I'd rather have one Barton in our squad than shirt pass sideways Denilson plus short pass to the opposition diaby. Sorry but I would.

  197. johng

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:07 #1830

    No, Joey Barton ain't perfect, far from it. But it's time to look in the mirror Mr Exley. Be brave, be wise, seek some therapy for your own problems of delusion and anger management and let Barton deal with his own himself.

  198. 40YearGooner

    Feb 07, 2011, 8:04 #1829

    Got to say I agree with every word of this! I am sick and tired of this scum not only in football but in our everyday lives. To see people like him held up as anything good makes me sick! To see the likes of him enjoy the fruits of every football supporters hard earned cash and look down on society in the way her does without putting anything good back into it...on or off the pitch! is beyond me!

  199. Rorton

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:59 #1828

    Oh dear. This is complete and utter tripe! Blaming Barton for a murder, Britains problems etc... Is bang out of order. Arsenal conceded 4 goals, you threw it away. I suggest you look at your own players rather than laying the blame at the feet of an easy target. Sour grapes indeed

  200. Really?

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:57 #1827

    This is absolutely laughable. You lost after being four nil up that's all. Don't make it worse for yourself.

  201. ned

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:49 #1823

    not even a foul.take a pill

  202. GH

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:48 #1822

    Pathetic article. Why don't you try and sell it to the Daily Mail?

  203. H

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:48 #1821

    Sorry mate but this whole article just comes across as bitter and self serving, I understand that throwing a four goal lead away is hard to take but the attitude you have taken up here is petty and brimming with delusion. Take it on the chin my friend

  204. Adriaan

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:46 #1820

    How very sad. Seems like the game really got to you as you manage to throw Pardew into the mix as well. Very surprised you didn't find something "scummy" about the ground staff at St. James, or possibly the fans as well. Barton has history, the majority of it extremely unpleasant and believe me, I was one of those Newcastle fans who would have been only too glad to see the back of him. However, he has served his time for his vicious assault, and can do nothing about his past, only about his future. And there is absolutely nothing he can do about his relatives. I would love to say that footballers should be role models, but the fact of the matter is that, in the main, they are a bunch of spoilt, arrogant children who are paid an obscene amount of money and are raised on a pedastel of fame and treated like demi-gods. This, however, is not their fault, simply a manifestation of today's society - when you are treated like a demi-god, you start to think you are one. There are rare exceptions to the rule, but such is life. But for you to use an abysmally poor second half performance by Arsenal to launch into such a bizarre attack on Barton (and Pardew) is simply pathetic. Barton's tackle was hard but legal - and yes, Diaby has a bad leg break which I am sure plays on his mind, but then we had De Jong break Ben Arfa's leg, with a much, much worse tacke (his intent was plain to see - he wasn't just tackling, he was making a statement of intent and broke Hatem's leg in 2 places). Yes, I am a Newcastle supporter of over 35 years, with a youngest son who idolises Arsenal, so I am not looking at this with blinkers on. I actually admire the intent behind Arsenal's play, but the sooner your team, your manager and your fans realise that with no spine, with no guts, with no heart, you will NEVER realise the potential you have in those players. The sooner Mr. Wenger realises that protecting his charges to such a large degree is not helping their professional growth at all, the more chance you will have of winning something. And on another note, my son (the Arsenal fan) and myself were at the game and even when you were 4-0 up, no-one screamed or swore at him, despite his unbounded enthusiasm - unlike our visit to the Emirates which was a much less enjoyable experience. Hope Mr. Wenger sorts out his attitude and his team, because I would love to see a "football" team win things, but you seriously need to calm down and understand that no amount of ranting is going to change a thing.

  205. Joe

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:45 #1819


  206. mikeB

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:44 #1818

    Great write, I absolutely agree; but I fear that our nation has already lost its soul, and its all too late to find it again.

  207. geordiesy

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:40 #1817

    you arsenal fans arelike all southerner's....blooming puffs....barton got the ball,diaby is twice barton's size yet he crumpled like a little girl under that fair tackle....

  208. sif

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:37 #1815

    Hmmm it does sound like sour grapes. You would think that Newcastle had beat you 14-0 the way your ranting on. Did you know that Barton has taken a pay cut in his new contract to stay with the club? Surely that shows more character than many of the over payed european players that flood the premiership looking for that next big money deal come transfer time. Plus it was not Barton that stopped your team getting the result. It was the reaction of Diarby and Arsenals immaturity as team that lost them the match. Tackles like Bartons happen all the time in premier league. Week in, week out. I am guessing if Wiltshire had made the same kind of tackle then your essay would not have made it onto here.

  209. macca999

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:36 #1814

    So, would you have written the same ridiculous, clueless article if you hasdnt thrown away a 4 goal lead? I doubt it. Barton is no angel but lets look at your own disciplinary record over the years. How many times did Viera get sent off? Which jail was Adams in again?

  210. black&white

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:36 #1813

    Whinge whinge whinge, we deserve to win we're Arse-nal, get over it, you sat back and thought it'd be an easy ride and you got spanked, Aye, the challenge might have been hard, but its a physical sport, they get pay'd enough to take the knocks, so why not nut up, except you lost the lead and evantually got eh draw and move on

  211. Zaheer

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:35 #1812

    Wonderful article. Still there is nothing from hypocrite media in regards with these sort of thuggish scoundrels and biased referees, instead they only love to joke how Arsenal blew up the lead blah blah blah. Won't this act as an encouragement catalyst for Bartons and Nolons? Are players like these really the **** reason for England's miserable performances at national level?

  212. Bobjonson

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:33 #1811

    What a sad, bitter, twisted, small minded little individual you are. Get your facts correct before spouting this kind of vile garbage.

  213. Silentstan

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:29 #1810


  214. Jack

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:29 #1809

    Joey Barton is a prat and a complete moron but it was a great tackle and Diary overreacted. football is a contact sport and tackles are part of the game. on giving the ball back my personal opinion is that if a keeper tries to delay the game like that then he deserves a good kicking til he gives up the ball lol. if that was the other way around i dont think you would be too happy to see a keeper cheating like that. plus nolan got booked too.

  215. Porciestreet

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:26 #1808

    Sour grapes, not a bit of it. your just an extremely bad loser.

  216. User

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:26 #1807

    I'm embarrassed for you. That has to be the worst article i have read in a long time.

  217. Jon

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:24 #1806

    Joey Barton: "If the Arsenal players don't like being tackled, they should go and play basketball or netball or one of the other games."

  218. Diaby

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:23 #1805

    sheesh. what a load of biased crap. obviously you're bitter that Arsenal threw away their 4-0 lead. You just needed an outlet to vent your frustration, and wa la! this article was born. Blaming Barton for the downfall of English football. Fuck you, i say.

  219. Feb 07, 2011, 7:20 #1803

    What a load of bitter tripe. Your lot are a bunch of gutless softies who could do with a player like Joey Barton in your team.

  220. Paul Toon

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:19 #1802

    The tackle was not even close to being a foul let alone a card. How many players has Wenger had sent off now yet spends his life berating the conduct of the opposition? Get a mirror Gooner and look hard!

  221. Hard_But_fair

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:18 #1801

    Grow up. Be more concerned about the fragility of your own club, rather then worrying about joey Barton. This is a contact sport, expect your players to get tackled. This ain't Ballet. Apart from his bust up with Pederson and lets be honest. No one likes the guy. He has done very well to rekindle his form and to keep his head down. It was a FAIR tackle. Albeit a hard tackle. But he won the ball, and unfortunetly caught Diaby in the aftermath. He had to go for the ball and he did. Now like i said. Grow up. Get a pair, and worry about your own team.

  222. Pauljo

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:16 #1800

    It is a bit of sour grapes mate!! Your looking through rose tinted glasses, there has always been hard players with dodgy backgrounds. I agree society needs a shake but to single out Barton is harsh. the tackle on Diarby was strong and fair, in fact I caan think of Lee Dixon and Viera putting similiar in there time. I ask you a question when they did, di you chear?????

  223. NUFC

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:16 #1799

    Shut up you sad man, I think its jealousy coming out from all you twats when the boy Barton does good, we have all got pasts some more than others and got into trouble now and again but you lot just wont give this guy a break. He has been the best midfielder in England this season and never put a foot wrong well mabye the Pederson incident but look at the way the fanny reacted if someone tapped you in the stomach in the street you wouldnt be rolling around on the floor although you soft southern cockneys probably would. Get a life and get over it. The tackle on your man was a fair but tough takle. I didnt see you complaing when veira or keown or adams where putting in the same sort of takles every week. Im sure if he was in your team you would not be talking all this shite. I think you lot have been listening to the twisty face wenger too long all he does is complain never graceful in defeat. why cant you just give credit where due about the toon you should of lost the game as you were shite in the second half even worse than us in the first.

  224. Scott Dickson

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:16 #1798

    Apologies, I couldn't read this whole article as I was bored to tears. I do think its hilarious that you are so childishly bitter. Joey Barton exposed your midfield as the lightweights that they are and Newcastle United showed the world why you will never win the league with the type of team you keep putting out. Your fancy foreign lightweights just can't hack it when facing proper battling English sides, which leads to your manager, players and fans crying repeatedly about how nasty people always hurt you. I loved that comeback from 4-0 down, especially against you and that moaning Frenchman - get it up you!

  225. Toonsy

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:10 #1795

    What a load of bollocks! Is third world hunger Barton's fault as well? I suggest you all man up, swallow that bitter pill and move on. Your team play some fantastic stuff, but Jesus H Christ you don't half moan. Cheers for the four points! HWTL.

  226. David Walker

    Feb 07, 2011, 7:06 #1794

    Yet another hack jumping on the ever present wagon.Far be from me to describe Barton as an angel,but it is a case of the press choosing who to pick on.Cantona had a far worse record for onfield violence than Barton but is lionised.Lee Hughes went to prison for manslaughter yet is carrying on with his career without a word.Criticism is only ok if applied evenly which people like you seem unable to do.