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Xabi Alonso heading for United States of America

Newcastle United were condemned to relegation by referee Phil Dowd and his clueless assistants on a bleak day at Anfield.

Late on, in the second-half, United midfielder Joey Barton was sent-off for what looked like a forceful and wholly unnecessary challenge on Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Alonso, who has been notorious for being at the heart of sending-offs this season, will undoubtedly be back for Liverpool next week, after putting in the performance of a lifetime at the Reds' home ground. He was stretchered off in the tie, but is it a coincidence that Rafa Benitez was signalling to his replacement Lucas Leiva to get ready to come on - only seconds before Alonso rolled on the ground as if he had been shot in the leg by a .32 calibre weapon? Probably not, but who cares at this point, right?

The Spaniard who is rumoured to be on his way out of Anfield should hop on a plane immediately and look up Executives from Warner Bros. or Universal Studios to further his acting career which has been absolutely stellar this season.

Alonso has been involved in over half-a-dozen sending-offs this season, and it was no surprise that it was him who was involved in the latest incident.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Alonso will be fit 'in the next few' days and should be ready for next week. Suddenly, all the drama surrounding the challenge doesn't seem so warranted, does it? Barton's reputation preceded him on the day, it appears.

Benitez also refused to comment on the tackle, and said that 'it was too far away.' It does beg the query: When has Rafa Benitez ever shrugged away from making a comment? One may think long and hard about this one. He most likely knows, his player has a nasty reputation of having players sent-off (more than six times this season alone!) and it was best for him not to comment.

Alan Shearer's frustration at Barton was justified, but only a novice manager would lash-out at his own player in front of the media. It just goes to show the path Newcastle United are on at the moment - run, governed, and coached by amateurs.

If the tackle had been on any other member of the Reds, no one would have raised an eyebrow, and it would have been deemed an error in judgment, but it is Xabi Alonso after all, and like Joey Barton, he is developing a nasty reputation as well, the former's being of sending people off. Once, twice, thrice - okay acceptable. But six times? That's not a coincidence. It's a pattern.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 3 2009

Time: 3:23PM

Your Comments

Alonso was stretchered out, you think he was faking it!!!!! Terrible article, much like your team.
JohnDoe
Alonso was stretchered out, you think he was faking it!!!!! Terrible article, much like your team.
JohnDoe
Yes, Liverpool were really lucky - everyone will certainly agree with you, I'm sure! In reality, they could have had, and probably should have had, double figures today - NUFC were so poor. As for Barton, you have to be blind or an idiot not to see that he jumped into the tackle, and the referee had no option but to send him off. He's a thug, nothing more! If you, or the NUFC management, think that that was just a "forceful challenge" then thank God you will be in the Championship next year. Good riddance to you!
mike1222
Yes, Liverpool were really lucky - everyone will certainly agree with you, I'm sure! In reality, they could have had, and probably should have had, double figures today - NUFC were so poor. As for Barton, you have to be blind or an idiot not to see that he jumped into the tackle, and the referee had no option but to send him off. He's a thug, nothing more! If you, or the NUFC management, think that that was just a "forceful challenge" then thank God you will be in the Championship next year. Good riddance to you!
mike1222
how can you defend that 'animal' joey barton? jeez am i glad we never followed up our interest in him as i would hate to have him play for pompey, and hope he never will, should he even be plying now? - have you actually seen the tackle?
pompeyrug
how can you defend that 'animal' joey barton? jeez am i glad we never followed up our interest in him as i would hate to have him play for pompey, and hope he never will, should he even be plying now? - have you actually seen the tackle?
pompeyrug
Are you mad or blind or both. Your own manager said it was a bad tackle and he deserved a red or was Shearer lying? I feel sorry for Shearer good player but he nor anyone else will ever win anything at Newcastle total joke of a club championship or lower is the right level and that's where you will be next season bye.
davidsalsoul
Are you mad or blind or both. Your own manager said it was a bad tackle and he deserved a red or was Shearer lying? I feel sorry for Shearer good player but he nor anyone else will ever win anything at Newcastle total joke of a club championship or lower is the right level and that's where you will be next season bye.
davidsalsoul
barton a thug nothing more
Tiny T
barton a thug nothing more
Tiny T
The article just confirms my view that you lot are the thickest supporters in the land. I for ne will be celebrating if you go down
5 times
The article just confirms my view that you lot are the thickest supporters in the land. I for ne will be celebrating if you go down
5 times
So, you're saying Alonso has a plan to sent people off, right? "What a teaser, this Alonso guy. Who does he think he is, with those long perfect passes, calm on the ball and ability? So he really expects to play good football in the middle of the field without inviting every thug around to kick him around? He's the one who should be sent off! Not poor Joey who was practically forced to lunge at him... what a joke this premiership! That's why we'll be playing championship next year..." Well, you get the idea, or maybe not.
craquebrito
So, you're saying Alonso has a plan to sent people off, right? "What a teaser, this Alonso guy. Who does he think he is, with those long perfect passes, calm on the ball and ability? So he really expects to play good football in the middle of the field without inviting every thug around to kick him around? He's the one who should be sent off! Not poor Joey who was practically forced to lunge at him... what a joke this premiership! That's why we'll be playing championship next year..." Well, you get the idea, or maybe not.
craquebrito
How many times do they have to show the replay before you see Barton's studs crunching into Alonso's leg. None so blind as those that will not see, or in your case, do not want to see. Newcastle's joke team is in danger of being surpassed as an object of ridicule by their one-eyed supporters who truly, madly, deeply believe that they have a divine right to Premiership football. Your true level at the moment is mid-table in the Championship, but don't count on even finishing in the top half of that table next season, let alone winning it or making the play-offs.
peter60
How many times do they have to show the replay before you see Barton's studs crunching into Alonso's leg. None so blind as those that will not see, or in your case, do not want to see. Newcastle's joke team is in danger of being surpassed as an object of ridicule by their one-eyed supporters who truly, madly, deeply believe that they have a divine right to Premiership football. Your true level at the moment is mid-table in the Championship, but don't count on even finishing in the top half of that table next season, let alone winning it or making the play-offs.
peter60
I would like to defend Barton, and i do think a red card was harsh, however enough is enough. Newcastle must get rid of him somehow. He has barely played in a game this season and is too injury prone/ill tempered to keep around.
AmeriToon
I would like to defend Barton, and i do think a red card was harsh, however enough is enough. Newcastle must get rid of him somehow. He has barely played in a game this season and is too injury prone/ill tempered to keep around.
AmeriToon
"condemned to relegation by referee Phil Dowd " Oh dear, oh dear , oh dear. If that was not so tragic it would be almost funny. The only thing that has condemned Newcastle is a hapless owner, clueless managers and hopeless players. Did you actually see the match yesterday? It was a practice match for Liverpool they never got out of second gear. As for the suggestions about Alonso and the tackle, the little credibility you might have had on planet Zog went straight out of the window. Your views are in direct contradiction to Shearer as regards, the result, the tackle and Barton's innocence . Can I suggest taking a 2lb hammer to your keyboard to save you further embarrassment regards
Vlads Quiff
"condemned to relegation by referee Phil Dowd " Oh dear, oh dear , oh dear. If that was not so tragic it would be almost funny. The only thing that has condemned Newcastle is a hapless owner, clueless managers and hopeless players. Did you actually see the match yesterday? It was a practice match for Liverpool they never got out of second gear. As for the suggestions about Alonso and the tackle, the little credibility you might have had on planet Zog went straight out of the window. Your views are in direct contradiction to Shearer as regards, the result, the tackle and Barton's innocence . Can I suggest taking a 2lb hammer to your keyboard to save you further embarrassment regards
Vlads Quiff
 

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