Joey Barton: Fine and punishment
THE important thing to remember about Joey Barton, the only thing to remember about Joey Barton, is that he is a convicted thug.
As news programmes broadcast their reports of the player's 12-match ban and £75,000 fine for his antics at the QPR/Man City match they repeated footage of the incidents, or rather incidents, that led to the FA decision.
There's a football saying. Not the one about football being a game of two halves.
But one I've just made up about football, in Barton's eyes, being a game of one-third headbutting, one-third elbowing, and one-third kneeing.
Vincent Kompany, Carlos Tevez, and Sergio Aguero, respectively, know what that means.
If it had happened in the street, or a nightclub, Barton would have ended up in court again.
QPR are said to want rid of the troublesome captain (Captain? How did that happen?) and are looking for clubs daft enough to take him or even take him back.
The Toon would not be so stupid to take on such a massive pain in the backside having got shot of him once, would they, but it's a funny old game and anything is possible.
Watching the footage of why it's a bad idea to have anything to do with Barton should be compulsory viewing for football managers and chairmen.
Barton has a history of violent conduct and was jailed in 2008 for assault.
He has no place on a football pitch where, by virtue (there's a word you don't often hear in the same sentence as the player) of his position he is looked up to by fans.