Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, has said Joey Barton deserves to be “heavily sanctioned” for admitting he attempted to get a Manchester City player sent off after receiving a red card for Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Barton has been granted an extension until midday Wednesday to answer two charges of violent conduct by the Football Association over his kick at Sergio Agüero and attempt to butt Vincent Kompany before he was escorted from the field.
Both those offences, which fell outside the jurisdiction of the referee, Mike Dean, would normally carry three-match bans, though there remains scope for the FA’s regulatory panel to increase the sanction, especially in light of the player’s post-match comments. As Barton automatically incurred a four-match ban for the initial red card being his second of the season, he is facing a minimum 10-game absence, which suggests his QPR future may be in doubt.
After the game Barton admitted on Twitter that he tried “to take” one of the City players with him. Taylor said: “To say ‘I wanted to take one of them with me’, you think: ‘Joey, if you come out with stuff like that, you are going to deserve to be heavily sanctioned.’ He is his own worst enemy when he says stuff like that and he has been upsetting a lot of people in the game with good reputations. At the moment he is doing himself no favours.”
More from PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor On Joey Barton Sanctions after the Jump…….
Taylor said he planned to meet QPR officials to discuss Barton’s behaviour: “I will have to talk to Mark Hughes [the manager]. QPR were in touch with me before this happened so I’m expecting to have that meeting with Mike Rigg [player liaison officer] soon. It’s general issues but I would imagine Joey would have been on the agenda even before Sunday.
“Joey Barton’s position is there for all to see. It’s a difficulty and there has been counselling for him in the past which no doubt needs to be there in the future as well. But at the moment it’s not helping him with his career or image in the game.
“People ask us about his future but, regarding football, he is the biggest influence over it. He has spoken at different meetings we’ve had and speaks very well and for the most part is very convincing. At times, call it red mist or whatever, something happens that triggers off problems and you feel it’s back to square one again.”
Taylor added: “Of course I’m concerned [about his future]. I don’t want to see any of my members sent off. I don’t want to see a member with his record. I have not been happy with some of the things that have been said by him or about him. It’s really hard in the social media world but particularly bearing in mind it becomes public.”
Barton also branded Gary Lineker an “odious toad” and stated that he “despises” Alan Shearer. In response, Shearer said: “I have heard about it, yeah. Do you expect me to comment on that? The best thing is to say nothing on it. It doesn’t deserve me to say anything on it.” Regarding Lineker he said: “Ask Gary about that. I don’t think I need to speak about him.”