More bad news surrounds Newcastle United, luckily this time it is not drugs, or girl related and it doesn’t include Andy Carroll either, but another fellow Newcastle United player Joey Barton who was caught on tape while punching Blackburn Rovers player Morten Gamst Pedersen. Keep reading to know all the updates about that news, check out the photos, their punching video and other fighting incidents between soccer players caught on video below.
Newcastle United has not been exactly having what we could call like the best season of their lives, recently scandals have been the main topic media has linked to the famous team. First it was Carroll allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend Laurie Henderson, then again Carroll and Newcastle’s captain Nolan in a drunken night hanging out with three girls who were reportedly using cocaine and now Newcastle’s central midfielder Joey Barton who is not exactly a discipline model but on the contrary has been in deep trouble due to his discipline.
Back in 2005 he was charged with assault when he broke some guy’s leg while driving, in 2005 he was once again in trouble when he was arrested for suspicion of assault and criminal damage with a taxi driver, another teenage boy’s teeth for this incident he spent 77 days in jail, that same year he was transferred from Manchester City after sending teammate Ousmane Dabo to the hospital after punching him repeatedly.
But on Wednesday November 10th, 2010 Blackburn defeated Newcastle (2-1), Barton was so upset that when Pederson bumped into him he didn’t hesitate to fire back at the Barclays Premier League. They seemed to exchanged words, then Pedersen fell on the ground visibly in pain, the same shot was shown from another angle revealing Joey giving him quite a punch on the chest, let’s pause a little here to remind you that this guy is a close friend of Boxer Ricky Hatton and Noel Gallagher from Oasis who is not the real trouble Gallagher, but still.
Continuing with our story, the referee didn’t see Joey punching Pendersen at the moment until later, after apologizing for his erratic behavior he was informed that he would be suspended for three games. You can check more on Joey’s other violent attacks here.
“I would like to apologize to [Magpies boss] Chris Hughton, my team-mates, our fans and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn. I fully accept that I was in the wrong on this occasion and accept the charge that the Football Association have brought against me,” Barton added. I hold my hands up, I reacted badly to the situation on Wednesday night and I deeply regret it. I have been working very hard to keep that side of my game under control and I think it has showed in the way I have been able to get on and enjoy my football this season. I look forward to trying to get back into the team once my suspension is over and helping the club maintain its good start to the season”.
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