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Barton may have played his last game for Toon

Newcastle United face an uphill task of staving off relegation after midfielder Joey Barton is ruled out of the next three games by suspension.

Referee Phil Dowd sent-off the 26-year-old Liverpool-born player after a hard tackle on Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso, who left the field on a stretcher, just before he was going to be substituted anyway by Rafael Benitez.

As a martyr, it is always good to exit the field, Alonso will feel, and expect the talented actor to return next week for the Reds. Rafael Benitez has already confirmed that Alonso will be fit 'in the next few days' and will return for the title bid. So, all that drama does not seem warranted now, does it?

The more pressing issue, however, is that Joey Barton, who has only come back into the squad is out of the next three games, which leaves the match at Aston Villa on the final day of the season the only match he can take part in.

Alan Shearer will be advised to launch an appeal with the FA regarding the decision, it is being said, but with relegation now a natural end for the season, and high-profile players inevitably on their way out of the Toon if relegated, Joey Barton may have played his last game for the Magpies.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 3 2009

Time: 3:52PM

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Appeal? Are you mad it was a disgraceful tackle.....Just underlines how thick Barton is by ruling himself out for the season
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03/05/2009 16:40:00

Appeal? Are you mad it was a disgraceful tackle.....Just underlines how thick Barton is by ruling himself out for the season
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03/05/2009 16:40:00

Alan Shearer said that it was a deserved red card, at least your manager isn't as pathetic as you.
JohnDoe
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03/05/2009 17:06:00

Alan Shearer said that it was a deserved red card, at least your manager isn't as pathetic as you.
JohnDoe
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03/05/2009 17:06:00

presumably your all doing cartwheels at the news he may never play for you again?
pompeycarpet
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03/05/2009 17:38:00

presumably your all doing cartwheels at the news he may never play for you again?
pompeycarpet
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03/05/2009 17:38:00

duh u only have 3 games left
Hackspur
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03/05/2009 17:48:00

duh u only have 3 games left
Hackspur
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03/05/2009 17:48:00

Alan Shearer, despite being a hideous person himself, was correctly furious with Barton's "tackle". Barton is a scumbag of the highest order, and whilst honest young players struggle to make thier mark in football, this utter moron is raking in a small fortune being nothing but a thug. The sooner this simpleton is kicked out of football, the better.
Rocky7
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03/05/2009 18:34:00

Alan Shearer, despite being a hideous person himself, was correctly furious with Barton's "tackle". Barton is a scumbag of the highest order, and whilst honest young players struggle to make thier mark in football, this utter moron is raking in a small fortune being nothing but a thug. The sooner this simpleton is kicked out of football, the better.
Rocky7
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03/05/2009 18:34:00

doh - another red card for the village idiot!
merlin
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03/05/2009 19:08:00

doh - another red card for the village idiot!
merlin
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03/05/2009 19:08:00

Barton is a disgrace to football. However he will play for Newcastle again as no other club will touch him with a barge pole.
Irishspur
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03/05/2009 19:44:00

Barton is a disgrace to football. However he will play for Newcastle again as no other club will touch him with a barge pole.
Irishspur
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03/05/2009 19:44:00

I've often commented that Newcastle fans are the most delusional in the league. This article just confirms it.
Samboney
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03/05/2009 22:38:00

I've often commented that Newcastle fans are the most delusional in the league. This article just confirms it.
Samboney
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03/05/2009 22:38:00

W4anker. That's what he is. Put him up against a wall & claim the insurance money. Good knows what he's going to do when he is forced out of football. Crime, prison & a burden on the state!
storagematt
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04/05/2009 09:01:00

W4anker. That's what he is. Put him up against a wall & claim the insurance money. Good knows what he's going to do when he is forced out of football. Crime, prison & a burden on the state!
storagematt
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04/05/2009 09:01:00

Hopefully we've seen the last of him anyway.
BaldEagle
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04/05/2009 22:16:00

Hopefully we've seen the last of him anyway.
BaldEagle
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04/05/2009 22:16:00

Mehzeb, Ive never read anything by you before, but I was honestly waiting for the punch line - you dont "seriously" believe that Barton was the victim of "acting" on the part of Alonso do you? Please say you dont! You'll be claiming that the kid who received the cigarette in his eye coutesy of this pr*ck was trying to headbut it out his hand next. The guy makes Bowyer look like a pillar of society.
Woodstaworld
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06/05/2009 12:22:00

Mehzeb, Ive never read anything by you before, but I was honestly waiting for the punch line - you dont "seriously" believe that Barton was the victim of "acting" on the part of Alonso do you? Please say you dont! You'll be claiming that the kid who received the cigarette in his eye coutesy of this pr*ck was trying to headbut it out his hand next. The guy makes Bowyer look like a pillar of society.
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06/05/2009 12:22:00

 

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