NEWCASTLE’S transfer-listed Joey Barton once again hit the headlines after him and Arsenal player Gervinho had a rather tactile disagreement about a penalty claim in the stalemate at St James’ Park.
Despite a bright start to his debut the new Arsenal signing saw red after lashing out at Barton, who had dragged the player to his feet to remonstrate over what he saw as a dive.
Barton was yellow carded for the scuffle.
Never one to bite his lip, Barton has had his say on the matter: “If u raise ur hands to players faces, u should be off.
“Ref got it right. Hate CHEATS that dive to win pens.
“If there’s contact go down but dont blatantly try to con the ref. Refs have it hard enough.
“I was merely helping him regain his obviously dodgy balance.”
Much as he can be a loose cannon, Barton is pure entertainment at the moment – somebody please give him a reality TV show.