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Gervinho Sent Off For Arsenal After Slapping Joey Barton: Have Your Say

newbartonincident by arsenalist

Arsenal’s new signing Gervinho was sent off against Newcastle United Saturday after slapping Joey Barton in the face.

The incident happened late in the second half after Gervinho ran into the box but simulated a dive as he tried to win his side a penalty. Referee Peter Walton didn’t think it was a foul. But Joey Barton, incensed by Gervinho’s dive, took the matter into his own hands by picking Gervinho up by his shirt as both men pushed each other. However Gervinho then slapped Barton in the face. The Newcastle United midfielder fell to the floor, and referee Walton had no choice but to send the Ivorian striker off.

Barton meanwhile was given a yellow card.

Earlier in the game there was another flashpoint when Alex Song got tangled up after a fifty-fifty challenge with Barton. However, Song deliberately stamped on Barton’s leg, but the referee and fourth official missed the incident.

While Song should have been red carded, the question is whether referee Walton was correct in awarding Barton a yellow card or whether a red card should have been shown instead. The yellow card that Barton received was completely justified but a red card would have been more appropriate for the physical way that Barton took the law into his own hands. If Gervinho hadn’t slapped Barton, he could have escaped with no punishment at all. But the Ivorian striker learned a valuable lesson that retaliation like that will not be tolerated in the Premier League.

If I was the referee, I would have sent both Gervinho and Barton off. The English midfielder escaped with a yellow card, but the punishment should have been much more severe. Gervinho was justly red carded for hitting Barton in the face.

If you recall, Joey Barton was also involved in a controversial incident against Arsenal when in just three minutes of a game in 2008, he made a bone-crunching tackle against Samir Nasri.

Today’s match between Newcastle United and Arsenal ended in a nil-nil draw.

What do you think? Should Joey Barton have been red carded? Was the referee correct in his decision to send Gervinho off? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. Why?

    August 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Barton has completed a medical at QPR, can’t believe no one else has come in for him!

  2. steve e-r

    August 16, 2011 at 4:24 am

    not being funny but if it had been a big name non english player would there have been such a fuss about it? Yes I am an aresenal hater but I do not like people play acting like barton but at the end of the day gervinho did take a swing so he left the ref no alternative and to be honest gervinho is as guilty of going down just as easily as barton trying to con the ref into giving a penalty, obviously barton has better acting skills, maybe he wants to be the next bad boy footballer to follow vinny jones when he hangs up his boots

  3. MK

    August 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    If Barton was yellow carded for roughly picking Gervinho up off the ground then Walton had to restart play by giving Arsenal a penalty as the ball was still in play and this was the first offense!

    If Barton was instead booked for play acting then Walton has just decided that is not a foul to grab another player off the ground by the shirt and start yelling in his face, off the ball, while the game is still going (which of course is a foul by any definition of the rule book you care to use).

    Either way Walton has made at least one grievous error in his officiating and should be demoted immediately.

    • The Gaffer

      August 16, 2011 at 2:12 am

      I think the referee had blown his whistle after Gervinho dived, so he’s not going to award a penalty to Arsenal for a “foul” on Gervinho.

      The Gaffer

      • MK

        August 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

        He hadn’t, he clearly waves play on as you can see in the replays of the incident.

        Presumably he either didn’t believe Gervinho dived (had decided he didn’t deserve a penalty for the challenge though), or he was going to give him a yellow card in the next break in play.

        Either way the correct action would be to give Arsenal a penalty on resumption of play… big mistake, very poor refereeing!

        • Why?

          August 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

          You have to think why did he wave play on then MK. Newcastle had the ball and he didn’t want to stop the flow of the game to give the free kick otherwise he wouldn’t have waved play on would he?

  4. Dave (dlbags)

    August 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Several people on this thread don’t even know what happened and are commenting. Gervinho DID NOT STOMP, I repeat DID NOT STOMP on Barton. That was ALEX SONG.

    The two incidents are completely unrelated except in Barton’s juvenile mind where he didn’t learn the lesson of two wrongs not making a right.

    Also he and Alex Song hugged and made up before the Gervinho incident even happened.

  5. ron

    August 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I don’t think Barton’s your typical thug or goon, i.e. pre-meditatively out to violently attack others without regard for their safety. I just think he lacks that final 5% of composure that most of have that allow us to reign in our anger if it’s badly-suited for the moment. Typical anger management kinda stuff. Personally I think the other 95% of his passion & skills are sorely needed by NUFC and worth all the occasional insanity. Eventually you’d like to see the team with enough creative & skilled players where they don’t need Joey’s intensity to stay afloat, but right now his role is too central to the team — warts & all. If anything, it may help the rest of the team stay under the radar a bit and pull of some surprising results this season. I do think he should’ve been red carded along with Gervinho (two yellows — one for the drag-up and one for the obvious flop, though I suspect without the flop Gervinho may have stayed on — not sure any of the refs saw it clearly).

  6. Tagomi

    August 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Gervihno should have been red carded for his earlier leg stomp and he wasn’t. Obviously he wasn’t able to calm himself down and I think that ultimately the red card was a cumulative result of his behavior on the field that day. I know he felt a lot of pressure to perform well but instead he put the arse in arsenal.

    Oh and by the way Gervihno you can push that skullet forward all you want, but we all know your bald.

  7. upthebrum

    August 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Kudos to Joey for coming out and clearing the air. God knows that we’d never hear Wenger admit culpability for any of his or his side’s failings.

  8. Dave (dlbags)

    August 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    On BBC Radio tonight.

    Joey Barton: “I said what I said about Gervinho prior to seeing the numerous replays. I have to take back calling him a cheat.”

    • Dave (dlbags)

      August 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Barton, “I shouldn’t have gone over and lifted Gervinho up by his shirt. I did go down easily, I made a meal of it.”

  9. Neil

    August 14, 2011 at 6:48 am

    hello everyone,

    I am new in here so I was just going through the comments and wanted to who the hell is this Mr. why? is he posting his comments from a mental health facility???

    • Why?

      August 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

      This may help you at least have the slightest idea what you are talking about in the future.

    • Pete

      August 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Mr why, is talking sense. You can’t send someone off just because you don’t like him or think he’s a thug.
      Barton unlike Gervihno did not slap or punch another player in the face, you don’t get sent off for pulling someone up off the floor, it’s as simple as that and the quicker you arsenal fanboys get that through your head the better.

  10. a_b_doo_b

    August 14, 2011 at 4:33 am

    gervinho is not french!!!! am surprised no one noticed….

    • The Gaffer

      August 14, 2011 at 6:31 am

      Good catch. Now fixed.

      The Gaffer

  11. A two

    August 14, 2011 at 3:02 am

    It’s a 2 (red card), end of story.
    Btw, its a ‘tap’, not ‘slap’. Listen what the professional commentator said.

    • Why?

      August 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Oh well guess that’s sorted it. Genius why didn’t someone think of that earlier just say ‘end of’ and it’s sorted brilliant lol.

  12. upthebrum

    August 14, 2011 at 1:48 am

    God there’s a bunch of Arsenal-loving wankers on this site. If a player raises a hand to strike anybody, it’s a straight red. Joey was out of line, but Gervinho deserved to go. Barton did what Song tried to do to him earlier in the half (albeit less successfully) – bait an opposition player to try and get him sent off. Of course, Wenger and all of the one-eyed Arsenal fanboys are too busy complaining about Barton’s “thuggery” to draw the comparison.

    • RVPFan

      August 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Would the ref had given Red had Barton not theatrically fell down as if he’s been shot? NO. The whole point of Barton’s argument in twitter when he says he fell down easy is a slippery slope because that is exactly the reason why the Ref. red-carded Gervinho. So indirectly, in my opinion, he unknowingly or indirectly made our (Arsenal fanboy’s) point. Got it?

      On the argument of Song being sent off, agreed completely. However, that tackle on Song before that stamp was “thuggery” and Song retaliated.

      Look, we all understand that retaliation almost always gets you a red-card, but instigators most of the time get away with at-most yellow, and instigators are most of the time guilty of bad-tackle or man-handling fellow professional. Both sides are guilty here, no doubt, but Gervinho being carded and Barton the man-handler got away with it, is absolutely ridiculous. This guys is a thug. Did you see him in the match saying to Van Persie, he got punched? And he comes back in twitter and says he fell down easy. So now he is not only a a thug, but a liar as well.

      Thank God, Capello will never get him a first-team call up in the England National team.

  13. EPL Fan

    August 14, 2011 at 1:46 am

    After reading all of these comments… its clear that all the posts coming from “Why” is completely biased in favor of Barton. Barton is a freaking soccer hooligan and should have been RED CARDED!!! Now… I hate Arsenal FC….. but to me… any form of unsportsmanlike conduct should result in a RED CARD! The ref should have clearly seen that and these two clowns should both have been sent off to be fair to both teams and possibly risk even further altercations on and OFF the field. In almost every sport out there these days… incidents like that results in suspensions! Its too bad the BPL doesn’t enforce stricter rules. Perhaps FIFA should step in and start resolving issues like these.

    • Cory

      August 14, 2011 at 7:15 am

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, sorry….i was just laughing at the thought of FIFA/UEFA actually doing something for the good of the game

    • Why?

      August 14, 2011 at 8:51 am

      How do I have bias for Barton? I can’t stand him and have said so much here! You cannot give someone a red card because you think they’re a thug unless they do something that is a red card offence, it really is that simple!!! I don’t hate Arsenal the Manger is very dislikeable for his behaviour and they are a dirty team but I don’t hate them at all. The incident you are referring to does not result in suspensions it just doesn’t happen and because a bunch of moronic people are misled like a group of sheep doesn’t make them right!
      People if you want to follow football read and understand the rules. Oh and a bit of a moan from me if you want to call the Prem the EPL I can live with that as you’re in the USA or well not in UK but it’s certainly not the BPL as no Scottish or Northern Irish teams are allowed to compete in it.
      FIFA control World football (international games etc), UEFA European club football (Champions league etc) and the English F.A well it’s obvious isn’t it? Neither UEFA or FIFA have anything to do with ‘resolving’ the issues that don’t really exist anyway and even if they did it’s not upto FIFA. Other than those opinions of bias Arsenal fans (they seem to have seen things that just didn’t happen) or just people who don’t know the rules of the game there isn’t a problem.

  14. Taimur

    August 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Did anyone see Djouro make that maurading run towards the end of the game??? Reminded me of Patrick Vieira when he used to break up play and just charge forward and cover so much ground so quickly because of his tall legs. Arsene Wenger should definitely buy a center-back but I think that he can convert Djourou into a holding midfield player. It may seem a far-fetched suggestion, but it can be given a try. Let’s face it, you need a physical presence to be a holding player. Jack Wilshere is anything but that. I think Djourou showed that he can become a great player on the break if he’s put in the right positions on the pitch. Almost went on the break and could have thread a pass to Chamakh or whoever was ahead of him.

    • Cory

      August 14, 2011 at 7:12 am

      Actually im pretty sure that JD started out as a def/central mid when he 1st came to Arsenal & completly agree with you that he would shine in the role.

  15. Joe

    August 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I’m glad Arsenal fans have picked up where they left off last season; whining and moaning to deflect real discussion of their team’s constant failure.

    • MG

      August 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

      You think we like when bullshit occurrences like today’s stomping and manhandling happen? Discussion of my team’s ‘constant failure’ is all everyone spoke about last season.

      Keep hating though.

      • Joe

        August 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

        Thanks, I will.

        • MG

          August 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm


  16. Dave C

    August 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Ha, I like Barton. He should have probably been sent off, but even if he was, it would have been worth it just to shake some sense into one of Wenger’s whingers.

    BTW, did you hear Wenger’s response to the Song-stamping incident…yeah, you guessed it: he didn’t see it.

  17. Support Your Local Team Guyz

    August 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    A person who, instead of supporting their own cities A-League team, chooses to support a team which plays 3000km’s away.
    Real football fan: “hey man do you wanna come watch melbourne play sydney next weekend?”
    eurosnob: ” nah the a-league is shit, I watch teams who play over 4000km’s away and I have no real connection to”.
    Joey Barton and Gervinho don’t care about the glory-hunters in the US. They only care about those fans who live near the grounds.

    • [OPTI] Madschester United

      August 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm


      You’re such a joke on here. I assume your hatred for long-distance connections extends to the food you eat and the products you buy?

      Can you only buy Apple products if you live in Cupertino, CA? Does all your produce come from within 50 miles of your house? Since Hollywood is in CA, do you only watch local movies? Sony is only for the Japanese? Do you attend the local kindergarten games to max out your local connections?

      Professional football is a brand, just like Apple and Sony. Whether you buy an iPod, watch a movie in the cinema, or subscribe to watch a Football game on your TV, you’re just paying for a brand (EPL, Manchester United, Liverpool, etc…). Ultimately, you seek a product that satisfies your needs (i.e. entertainment) and minor leagues (e.g. A-League and USL) is not what most people want when a much better product exists is better run leagues (e.g. EPL, LA Liga, etc).

      Anyone who thinks “local connections” reign supreme in professional sports needs to come out of his/her cave or return to

      • Tocop

        August 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Most football fans have very biased views and double standards when it comes to red/yellow cards, in last years match which finished 4 4 , following a crunching borderline challenge joey barton was grabbed by the shirt/neck and pushed to the ground, result red card for Diaby, this year Barton very aggressively and violently dragged Gervinho from the ground by the shirt/neck and shook him about whilst snarling in his face, non voilent conduct? handbags at dawn? Not in my opinion, If someone did that to you in a public place you would smack him one no questions. It is not the sort of conduct and lack of control that I wish to see on the field! Regardless of rules which seem to flex depending on which team is involved, my unbiased view is two red cards and a retrospective red for Song, mainly to remove this type of conduct from the game.

      • Matt

        August 14, 2011 at 2:33 am

        I’m going to really enjoy waiting for “guyz” absurd comeback, if he can muster one.

        +1 to you sir

    • Matt

      August 14, 2011 at 2:31 am


      troll. at least you changed up the league that everyone is abandoning this week…

  18. Jim

    August 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Could someone tell me what getting clipped is? The player was trying to set up a shot with his right foot and his leg was taken out. That was absolutely no dive. Then someone thinks it is so they have the right to grab someone’s jersey with two fists and pull them up? The slap was telling the player to let go of his jersey and then and only then did he let go.
    Once again, no dive whatsoever. A foul in the box. Point to the spot right away.

    • MUFC77

      August 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Its an expression used in the UK when a defender gets the slightest of touches on a opposing player, not a lot of contact is usually made but just enough for a player to go down and win a free kick/penalty.

  19. Pete

    August 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t know what everyone is arguing about, the ref got it right. What Barton did was a yellow and what Gervinio did was a red. You can’t raise your hands to someone’s face in the Prem, it is a straight red, it always has been and it always will be.
    Barton may have been over the top the way he dragged the player up but you don’t get sent off for that, it was a yellow card offence at the most and that is what he got.

    • neil

      August 14, 2011 at 6:08 am

      so pete means someone can drag someone across the field too but no red card because he did not touch his face… are you out of your mind, gotta put your mind to decesions and not a check list … lol

      • Why?

        August 14, 2011 at 8:15 am

        Exaggerating won’t make your argument any stronger! Barton in no way dragged anybody ‘across the field’ and Gervinho most certainly did not just ‘touch his face’ as you say he struck him. It is clearly obvious to all that have read this what you are attempting to do here and it’s pathetic. Referees cannot just invent reasons for red cards even if a million idiots say they think he should have been sent off. The fact is he didn’t get sent off and there isn’t a charge that he could have been levelled at him for being sent off.

  20. Joe956

    August 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    There has to be something really wrong with Barton, I mean, he hasn’t got all his marbles it appears. Both players should have gotten red cards if not for anything but being stupid. Maybe they thought they were still rioting in the streets. Both are thugs.

  21. Martin R

    August 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    When Joey Barton pulled Gervinho up from the ground the ball was still in play. So if thats what Barton was carded for, should have that not have been a Penalty for Barton fouling Gervinho in the box?

  22. m

    August 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I had gervinho in my team,took him out to make space for malouda
    arsenal have tough upcoming fixtures anyway

  23. trickybrkn

    August 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Well its clear that the reaction to the slap is delayed for effect. And really what the League needs to do, is review this. See that it was really a yellow at best. and then give Barton a yellow for simulation.

    there is no argument about the Song stomp in this regard. But, he too should be given a post match yellow for his stomp. That is the only way to stop this sort of bad behavior.

  24. scPhillyfan

    August 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    It’s funny, welcome to the Premier League Gervinho. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team.

    Barton is awesome. A flashpoint for hatred. Yes he can play rough but I don’t recall him pulling a De Jong or Shawcross on anyone.

    And who doesn’t want to pick someone up overacting contact? Barton gave Gervinho the same acting job with the smack embleishment. Turnabouts fair play.

    I also dislike flops of all kinds but admire Barton for his strategy. Composure is part of the game. Gervinho maintains his composure Barton is on a yellow. But instead he blows up and sends the gunners down a man with a couple match ban to boot.

    • David

      August 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Expected point of view for someone from Philly..

  25. Matt

    August 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    The real shame is that Joey Barton did not get smacked as hard as he made it seem. Had that happened, I don’t suppose many of us would care much about the cards that followed. Money well spent…

  26. Johnny Deigh

    August 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    If you look closely you can see that Steven Taylor struck Gervinho in the face just after Gervinho raised his hand, and Taylor struck Gervinho a lot harder too.

  27. MR

    August 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    gervinho was just defending himself, but the penalty should have been awarded before all of this happened.

    • MUFC77

      August 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      While i didn’t see the game from that replay above it looked like there was some contact made, not a lot but it did look like the defender clipped him. No doubt Gervinho went down easily but we have all seen penalty’s given for far less contact. Would have been interesting to see had Gervinho not been given the red card would the ref have given him a yellow for diving.

      Anyone see the replay from a better angle during the game?

      • Matt

        August 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        He barely crazed his face. Was Gervinho stupid for it: yeah. But Barton dove in a manner that would have made Christiano beam with pride

        • Matt

          August 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

          crazed=grazed. Sorry. Possible Freudian slip there 😉

  28. Matt

    August 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I think it would have been best to give Joey B. one yellow for grabbing Gervinho when he was on the deck and another yellow for diving after Gervinho’s love tap. Barton confirms why he’s held in such low esteem by flipping out over Gervinho’s run-of-the-mill dive and immediately taking a dive himself after a rather mild tap.

    • SeminoleGunner

      August 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      That is truly the most ridiculous part of it all.

  29. Why?

    August 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    What Barton did was ‘unsporting behaviour’ pulling him up in the manor he did which was instantly given back by Gervinho this is a yellow card offence, what Gervinho did was besides the cheating or a ‘simulated a dive” as you put it? was ‘violent conduct’ striking an opposition player this is a red card offence always. The Referee and his assistants got the call spot on. People here seem to be having their opinions tainted by un-knowledgeable commentators these same idiots also unbelievably said Gervinho shouldn’t have been sent off! They were all over Barton with their own little witch hunt they couldn’t understand his ‘bad behaviour’ when he was stamped on well until they were shown the replays that is. I watched this game live online Fox sport I believe, and my god they were very bad. People should turn the sound off as they were talking bubbles from the first whistle to the last. There must be better than these two pillocks, then again they hire Warren Barton so that says it all really.

  30. Guy

    August 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Barton must be trying to improve Nani’s reputation. Bring on the stretcher!

    • Why?

      August 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Maybe it was the adrenaline that kept Barton on his feet that second longer just like it was when Carragher snapped Nani’s leg in that horrific injury last year, yet he still managed to run up and harass the Ref funny what adrenalin will do it even made him able to play the next game and the rest of the season as well! lol

  31. English Ref

    August 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The EPL will be a safer league without Joey Barton and a fair league without f****n refffing like in this game

  32. Kimi

    August 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    it was joey barton isn’t it , the player we sooo love to hate that every action of his is just unacceptable….if that was a manchester united player pulling the opponent up or a theatrical nani then there would have been no debate….but it was our joey…. how can we forgive him….he is a sinner……..he shouldn’t be on the football field and what not, but he only got a yellow that’s too lame of the refree and the FA …… mtach should have been stopped,FA should have intervened and thrown joey out of england……………..i must say use your brains fellas….whether or not it was joey….gervinho deserved a red and maybe even more for slapping a player but the jury is out on joey and why not, he is after all…….joey

    • SeminoleGunner

      August 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      So poor Joey Barton is the persecuted one when he flips out over a dive, starts a fight out of thin air, essentially ‘dives’ himself, and escapes with a yellow card?

      I’ve heard it all.

      • Kimi

        August 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        so Mr.Gunner you think joey barton was play acting and all gervinho did was that he was taching joey a lesson…..i am sorry but gervinho’s actions were unacceptable and joey got what he deserved no more no less but i still think justice has not been served to gervinho …. he should be banned for atleast 5 matches if not more…..slapping a player is unacceptable no matter whatever the circumstances……if you become physical like that then you should stop playing football

        • Lewis

          August 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

          I agree Gervinho should have been sent off for being physical, as Barton should have been for being physical, no double standards.

          • Why?

            August 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

            Lewis a red card for ‘being physical’ does not exist and nether should it. If it did there would be 5-8 a sending’s off a game! Gervinho gets sent off for violent conduct Barton does not use violent conduct the actions are classed as unsporting behaviour a yellow card. That must be getting on for 40 explained times now!

        • neil

          August 14, 2011 at 5:57 am

          kimi are you talking about stopping to play football or table tennis if physical like gervinho??? i am confused !!!

          • Neil

            August 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

            Mr why. please accept my sincere apologies I understood now where the problem is and the problem is…………. YOU GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TYPING HERE AND BOOSTING YOUR AS. HO.. SIZE EGO SO GO ON MR. RETARD… ENJOY, ASTALA VISTA, CHEERS ALL;)

          • Why?

            August 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm


            My God you are as clear case of schizophrenia as I have seen with that post! Talk about a split personality! Maybe you wanna see your Doctor about some medication to sort that out. Oh and I think the expression you are looking for is Hasta la vista. Close the door behind you. CLOWN!

      • sick of BSS

        August 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        here here barton’s dive holding his face and kicking like a school girl was priceless hypocracy- I guess Sagna should have picked him up by the collar since that seems to be the new strategy for diving

        • Why?

          August 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

          If Sagna did this he would have got a yellow too!

    • Matt

      August 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Wow, if you need to rationize this for yourself in this manner, I guess I can’t stop you. But pardom me as I call you out on your bullsh*t.

      The problem wasn’t that he hauled Gervinho up from the ground, the problem was him not releasing his grip on Gervinho. If he had let him go, it’s all over and no one sees any sort of discipline. But of course, Barton was Barton. I can understand him feeling hard done by after the stamp from Song, but these were his typical shenanigans. I was actually pulling for Newcastle in this match, but he is a constant liability for incidences like this. Apparently Newcastle thinks it’s a worthy trade-off.

      Thug. Plain and Simple.

    • neil

      August 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

      it’s not about joey.. it’s about him not getting a red, who cares about a wrestler on footfield anyways 🙂

  33. Fabio

    August 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Ah I like Barton.. shame about Gervinho I like him too but Barton new what he was doing

  34. Kelvin

    August 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Haha. Wow, apparently every one had gervinho in their fantasy team. Tough luck. Hate to have introduce the race card, but some times u just wonder. Remember the arsenal-chelsea incident, mikel, toure and adebayor were sent off while fabregas and lampard were only cautioned for the same offence…

  35. SeminoleGunner

    August 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    It’s gotta be two red cards.

    Walton made the situation harder than it needed to be. Send a strong message that (1) you are absolutely not going to tolerate striking another player, and (2) you are going to police the game and not have players snatching each other up by the collar and setting off a melee whenever they spot something they don’t like.

    I really think if he sends them both off there is no controversy here and we move on. Instead we’ve got to deal with all of this stuff right at the start of the season.

    • Lyle

      August 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      I agree. I feel for Gervinho though, since he didn’t slap at him for some time and by that time the referee should have already broken them up.

    • MUFC77

      August 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Agree 100%.

  36. JFH

    August 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    It was a clear penalty to begin with so the referee missed that.

    Barton has no business grabbing Gervinho in the first place then goes down like a ton of bricks after a little slap to the side of the head.

    Barton was stomped on by Song earlier in the match but that in no way excuses his behavior. A total clown.

  37. raok

    August 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    if i was a referee i would have rewarded gervinho for slapping barton

    • DavidYB

      August 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Guess that’s why you’re not a referee.

      • raok

        August 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        that escape the fact that guys like barton doesn’t deserve to be on the football field.
        he’s a decent player though but comes with a lot of baggage…
        got my point??

      • Divers And Wankers

        August 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Barton’s anger from the stamp makes sense. Gervinho should have been sent off, but Barton should’ve been sent off for manhandling him. I think the referee messed the call up. The slap- uncalled for though. Ironic, Joe Cole red first match against Arsenal last season.

    • why?

      August 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Sounds like you’re a prime candidate for a job as a Fox sport commentator never mind a Ref!

      • raok

        August 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        fox sport…… never heard… doesn’t have that channel in my country….actually i saw two guys defending barton in ESPN

        • Why?

          August 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

          Defending what? He got his yellow and he deserved it. Nothing to defend,

          • sick of BSS

            August 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

            typical British soccer snob who just comes here to sound superior- either you didn’t watch it or you’re just pissing in the wind to be pissing, I have never seem a player grab another player off the ground and shake him (not involved in the play mind you) and not be sent off. Nevermind that the flop didn’t work and NC was on the counter so Barton besides acting like a typical thug actually put his team at great risk to lose the match – yeah he’s a real asset, the only team that justifys and supports Barton are the skinheads

          • Why?

            August 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

            Full of BS

            Typical know nothing, make up sh*t clown. Barton didn’t shake anybody or lift a 6 footer of the ground your are making crap up to suit the bollocks you are writing what next he stabbed him? The second Barton’s hands touched Gervinho he grabbed back this is known as handbags at ten paces a bit of a girly tussle and NOT striking each other which is what ONLY Gervinho did! Which is a SENDING off offence. You need to learn what the rules are before talking rubbish oh and stop making stuff up that never happened it just looks sad. I don’t like Barton he’s a pr*ck just the same a Arsenal being a bunch of dirty basxards that give it more than anyone but touch them and they scream blue murder!

    • neil

      August 14, 2011 at 5:48 am

      lol raok … you are comment is the shortest but you are a superstar..keep it up 🙂

  38. MUFC77

    August 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Barton should have gone as well for putting his hands on another player, you simply cant do that. Hopefully the FA look at the replay and find some way to punish him for faking injury to get another player sent off.

    • The Gaffer

      August 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Because Barton received a yellow card, the FA won’t look at the incident because the player has already received punishment.

      The Gaffer

      • MUFC77

        August 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        Yeah I forgot about that stupid rule Gaffer.

      • Why?

        August 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

        Oh Lord, you connot be sent off for putting your hands on another player! What are people thinking there wouldn’t be a player left on the park!

        • MUFC77

          August 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

          There’ big difference between putting your hands on a player and dragging someone up of the ground like Barton did. He could easily have been sent off by any number of the inconsistent referees in the league for doing that.

          • Why?

            August 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

            Rubbish, you need learn the rules what Barton did was unsporting. He has every right to be angry with a cheat but he over stepped the mark and got the yellow card that any player doing the same would have. This kind of thing is known a handbags in England nothing serious it happens in near enough every other game and a yellow is mostly issued as there has been no hitting out, but if one of then does strike then it’s known as violent conduct and that a straight red not pulling someone up by their shirt! Gervinho need to curtail his behaviour as if this is how he reacts he’s gonna have a torrid stay in the prem.
            Show me some examples of sending offs for this to back up this nonsense I’ll show you a million yellows for the same thing it’s unsporting behaviour that’s the rule not what some idiot has decided it must be! It’s gonna be funny listing to that moaning, bias short sighted fool Wenger!

          • adam

            August 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

            he grabbed gervinho by the throat while the ball was still in play and inside the box….this alone should have been a penalty before gervinho reacted.

      • MUFC77

        August 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Did he received the yellow card for putting his hands on another player or for the simulation?

        I guess if the refs report said it was for the former offense it could be argued by some he wasn’t punished for the clear simulation and then the FA could look at it, it wont happen but its possible.

        • Why?

          August 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

          The simulation you talk about is opinion only, he won’t get booked for it so it’s not at all possible they will look at it and it would be totally ridiculous if they did. If it was simulation Gervinho wouldn’t have been sent off for violent conduct would he? And even if it was it’s still a yellow under unsporting behaviour. You must know this.
          The refs report will read something like this, Gervinho went down but he felt no foul. Barton had thought the player dived and remonstrated with the player a tussle ensued then Gervinho struck the face of Barton. Therefore Gervinho gets charged with ‘violent conduct’ a straight red and 3 match ban. Barton will be charged with ‘unsporting behaviour’ yellow card. Are you seriously trying to say that what Barton did was either violent conduct or serious foul play? As it would have to be one of these to give him a red! The ref can’t just say well he was naughty to so I‘m gonna send him off!, get real FFS I can’t believe you can’t seem to grasp this! So did Barton commit serious foul play? NO Did he use violent conduct? NO then it cannot be a sending off, there is no in-between the ref has to use one of these charges. Hopefully I’ve explained it enough times for it to sink in, must be at lest 10 now!

          Something that should happen is Song receiving a red as the Ref missed his stamp but it doesn’t seem to happen to certain teams so I won‘t hold my breath. Arsenal are constantly one of the Premiers leagues most dirty teams but they always seem to avoid any stigma for it. Why?

          • neil

            August 14, 2011 at 5:43 am

            are you blind or retard or what… where and which league do you see that kind of dragging and pulling common in every other game, may be you are following the somlian league.. grow up and support total football not losers football, look at barca.

          • Why?

            August 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

            Idiot if you don’t know the difference between striking someone and pulling someone up then I put it to you that you’re the retard here! Below I am gonna put a few examples for the fxcktards (won’t put them on this post as they get vetted and it takes time). I’ll also post you some of Arsenals total football or dirty play as it’s known by sane people.

          • Why?

            August 14, 2011 at 8:03 am

            Strike (red card)


            Note that the goal keeper strikes his opponent, amazingly enough that’s known as violent conduct imagine that, so he gets sent off and a 3 match ban

            Unsporting (yellow card)


            Note that nobody strikes out but the is physical action that is not sporting on the part of Defoe he gets booked for unsporting behaviour amazing, the other player’s booking is for the foul.

            I’m not going to sit looking for example after example to appease morons so that your lot. Finding Arsenal’s dirty play was very easy though.

            As promised so examples of the beautiful game ala Arsenal:



            Total football at it’s best here!


            Half the team should have been book here for unsporting behaviour.



            He can’t believe he is getting sent off here, amazing!

            So this is total football? Arsenal are constantly one of the league dirtiest teams year after year this is a fact ,Newcastle are not.

  39. JonTron

    August 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    barton is thug. regardless you can’t go swinging at a player like that. imo they both should have been sent off.

  40. DP3

    August 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    A lot like the Diaby sending off from last season.

  41. raok

    August 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    like capello said “barton is dangerous.”
    enough said.
    also stooopid by song to do like that even after he was on yellow

  42. Allen

    August 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for killing the FIRST FANTASY WEEK for me, Gervinho!

    • raok

      August 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      ha.. me too. completely forgot about that.

      • Simon burke

        August 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

        Me three!

  43. Mr.Prodg

    August 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Barton’s an ass

    • Matthew Reed

      August 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      I really like Barton quite a bit but he always makes it soooo difficult to stick up for him; make that impossible. I suppose there is a joke in here somewhere about him having Brazilian heritage but the whole thing is too disappointing to even bother.

    • Francis

      August 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Well said, Tocop. I support Arsenal, but your comments reveal, first, how easily people forget, and second, what we are prepared to tolerate depending on who commit the offense. The game would have been better without the altercations.

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