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Manchester City have suspended Joey Barton for the rest of the season after he hit team-mate Ousmane Dabo in training, BBC Sport understands.

Dabo had to go to hospital after sustaining injuries to his mouth during the incident at Carrington on Tuesday.

 

Barton's agent, Willie McKay, played down the incident.

 

He told BBC Sport: "As far as I've heard, Joey was defending himself. But because it is Joey Barton it makes headlines."

 

McKay added: "It happens on training grounds all over the country, from Chelsea to Yeovil."

 

City are currently refusing to confirm the identity of the player who has been suspended.

 

A club statement read: "We can confirm that a player has been suspended pending an internal investigation."

 

Midfielder Barton, 24, won his first England cap in the friendly against Spain at Old Trafford in February.

 

 

 

This is the bloke half of the people on this site want to play for Everton. Great idea...it'll really help the mood in the dressing room.

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no. im sorry enough is enough im one of bartons biggest fans on the pitch but im getting tired of sayin ow he will be ok. i dont think he will, he is just a twat. il take a player with a level head thanks
You never know maybe Moyes will be able to control him. I do think this is a good sign that he will leave Man City and we would be one of the top destinations for him. I love his ability on the pitch and for that sole reason I'd be willing to take him on. Unfortunately I think it will take a lot to control his anger/ aggression off the pitch.
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enoughs enough, we have had one thug at our club, all be it big dunc didnt hit his team mates but still disappointed when he did do what he did badly. sadly barton has just left my wish list after winnign his way back on.

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Yeah cos Roy Kean never slapped anyone in training who wasnt pulling their weight did he!

 

What's that got to do with it? And how does the fact that he's punched a team-mate make a stronger case for signing him?

 

Latest in a long line of stupidity. You don't need to be a thug to prove you're committed. This is always going to polarise opinion so I'll say no more.

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I just think he's fustrated playing for a shite team and for a manager who's proving his inexperience this term. They play players out of position, couldnt buy a goal & have overseas players who clearly dont give a shit for the plight of one of Englands fine footballing establishments.

 

Joey Barton has alot of growing up to do, his temper is a joke and he digs himself into holes he finds it hard to get out of but lets not forget he stood up the other day and told the rest of the pricks playing around him to grow a set and have a bit of pride and thats where this latest incident has stemed from.

 

I'll hold my hands up if this turns out to be him acting a wanker but I would bet on it being a case of him trying to kick some life into a lazy waste of space who's in turn kicked off and they've gone at eachother!!

 

I said it before and I'll repeat it now, Roy Kean, slapping players in the dressing room, training pitch & mid match, fighting with the manager, intentionally hurting people on the pitch & the odd police charge off it went hand in hand and he was one of the best midfielders around for a long long time. He's now proving to be one of the best young managers around also, is the fire that drives Kean so dis similar to that of Barton???

 

Just an opinion and I know it goes against many but I'v said my piece!

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I will take the up the colours on this one Mike.

 

NO FUCKING WAY

 

Liam, I know you like players with a bit of fire in their belly, but this lad is beyond the pale, too much fire and not enough ability to make up for the down side, Keane, Cantona, Pearce

all had other attributes which you could overlook, he is 24 with a mouth and attitude that are beyond his age and maturity level.

 

Mentioned elsewhere in this thread, "maybe Moyes can tame him", give me a fucking break - if he didn't behave for Psycho what chance does Mild Moyes stand?.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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I want Barton as well. There is a lot more talent here on Everton that he will be surrounded by. He has already proven to be a quality player and the price seems very reasonable. I am a little worried about how he will get along with the team. I would hope he would want to start off fresh where ever he goes. He brings a lot of passion on the pitch which is something we have lacked from some players this year. Again it all will come down to how he is as a teammate but that is something we won't know until he arrives. I'd be willing to take him on but I can also understand why some people wouldn't want to.

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For me he's a no go, fire in the belly is one thing, openly critising your players then getting in a fight with them is one thing, I dont want him anywhere neer the club, I wouldnt care if he was a world class midfielder (which he's fucking not!) he's off field anticts sum him up perfectly, twat!

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From Sky Sports News........

 

Ousmane Dabo says he has been left looking like the 'Elephant Man' after being attacked by Joey Barton.

 

The Manchester City midfielders squared up in training on Tuesday, with Dabo taken to hospital after being punched repeatedly by Barton.

 

The England cap has been suspended by City until the end of the season, with Dabo explaining how the bust-up came about.

 

"I just pushed him away and turned my back to walk off," Dabo told The Sun. "That's when he hit me.

 

"I really don't remember exactly what happened, but I've been told by all my team-mates he hit me from behind, a right hook which hit me on the temple and knocked me out for a few seconds.

 

"As I started to fall he jumped on top of me, held my head and punched me twice more in the face.

 

"Apparently when I was on the floor he again punched me before being pulled off.

 

"When I came round, and it can only have been a matter of seconds, there was blood everywhere.

 

"I was spitting blood and my eye was clouded over when I realised what had happened. I wanted to go after him."

 

After receiving hospital treatment for his injuries, Dabo said: "When I woke up this morning I looked at myself in the mirror with my face all swollen up and I looked like the Elephant Man.

 

"I've never known anything like this before in my career."

 

 

Fire in the belly or just a plain thug????

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Thats not exactly the version I heard & it was an open training day so there were lots of fans watching!!

 

Just done a quick scan of Man City forums and the concensus (including reports from people who were there) is that the Sky report is spot on.

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probably not the best way to get your team moving, but im with liam on this one. he isnt the first player to be like this, he wont be the last. but i think we would have a few more points on the board if we had barton, the moments towards the end of the game when we throw it away, the games when we need someone to grab hold of his players and ask them where the fuck have the been for the whole game.

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If thats true events then not only do I want him as far away from the club as possible but also a possible Jail sentence, I hate banging on about this but the defender from Barrow got sent down for hitting someone in a game, training ground or not it sounds like disgusting behavier. If found true he will never wear an England shirt again, unless he buys one!!!!

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I still want Moyes to bring him to the club - but afer his latest exploits I think Moyes may be less inclinded to buy him.

 

As a player, I think he is just what we need to take over Carsley's role. No disrespect to Carsley, but he will be the first to admit his playing career is coming to and end. I am a massive Carsley fan and his position is not easy to fill. He is the true unsung hero of our team over the last 3 years. Barton is the player who can take over his role, with the added benefit of being a very good passer of the ball. So I think Barton can take Carsleys position and improve upon it. This type of signing is what is needed to move the team on.

 

I don't think anybody is in doubt that Barton as a player would be welcome at the club. The biggest issue by far is his attitude and thuggery.

 

Nowever, the history of the game is scattered with players who have a mean edge to them, and to a certain degree this mean edge is what helps them to be the player they are. Right or wrong. The game is scattered with the cliche -'you take that out of his game, and he is only half the player'.

 

All things being equal, I would much prefer Barton to be the model proffessional both on and off the pitch, but he's not - So part of what makes him a good player, makes him a not so great person.

 

I don't have any problem with him being out spoken about things - the England players books, Man City playing rubbish and his team members not putting the required effort in. If anything I applaude him on that front, he's not in owe of your Gerrards and Lamapards etc - so to me that is a positive in his character. Over the years I wish some of our player over the past 15 years had a bit more about them.

 

Now comes to his latest incident - giving a fellow team mate a proper hiding. Whichever way you look at it, it was out of order, and if he gets hauled up before a magistrate then so be it, or evern has to do a 3 month stint in jail then he may well deserve it. Wrong as it may be, but that fight was boune out of frustration with the lack of effort by some of his team mates. Being around lazy arsed footballers who may only be at Man City for the money, has obviousely wound him up to the point at which he has snapped.

 

I am pretty sure the Everton squad is not made up of players of the same ilke as those surrounding Barton at Man City - I think Moyes has a squad full of hard working proffessionals that put in a shift both in training and on the pitch, a squad that will suit Joey Barton.

 

A certain big Dun joined Everton just after been given a jail sentance for head butting somebody - Now I have never been a huge Big Dun fan, either as a footballer or as a thug, but one think is for sure he is now a Goodison legend for a generation of fans, although in my eyes for the wrong reason.

 

I would much rather have a decent law abiding chap than a thug, but even more so I would rather have a decent player with passion who improves the team and makes Everton a more competative, than a money grabbing player who wants to join the club who offer the biggest wage packet or the easeist route to playing CL football or winning medals.

 

Joey Barton will be bought as a football player not as a public relations officer.

 

The question is can Moyes and the Everton squads ethos be a place were Barton matures or flurishes to become another Goodison legend or will he continue to rid the slipper slope to obscure infamy.

 

There is only one way to find out - and that is to take the bull buy the horns and bring him to the club and see how it all works out- Fortunately he has a £5.5M buy out clause - so he IS value for money and within our budget. If it didn't work out in the next couple of years at only 24 years old, you will always get you money back should we have to sell him on, as there are always clubs who will take on a good player warts and all.

 

One thing I am sure of is that he wouldn't lets us down on the pitch!!!, because of all the crap surrounding the lad he has been city's best player by a country mile.

 

We have to take the chance in my opinion.

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They always include Clauses in any contract these days so there are ways of making sure we dont lose out.

One way would be to pay on the Never never, 1 million every season while he keeps his nose Clean, if he doesnt he goes back.

 

On a season loan with a view to a permanent deal would be another way, to see how he gets on with the Squad and how he behaves.

 

Think all clubs will be looking at Clauses, cos i cant see a club parting with 5 million quid if he's going to carry on like he is.

 

But they will still want him at City, suspending him for the rest of the Season is all about getting him away from the Media , :o two games thats all, but then the seasons over, I bet he's already gone on holiday so he will be away for 3 months break and report back to training as per usual.

 

Depends if he wants to Stay or Move, I THOUGHT HE DECIDED TO STAY LAST YEAR AND SIGNED AN EXTENDED CONTRACT.

 

I may be wrong.

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/spo...cue_barton.html

Quite interesting what a occupational Psychologist has to say on the matter of his temper.

 

Anybody else in toffee talk land qualified to make a better assessment of his attitude?

 

Dont think he's saying anything that 50% of us already new, is he. ???

 

To be honest i cant see City letting him go, they'll never get another player as good for £5.5m. While he continues to deliver on the pitch, they'll put up with the Tantrums because they need him.

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I have to say I really want him here. I've seen him quite a few times doing interviews and was on Soccer AM a while back. I thought he came across really well. Good sense of humour and desperate to do well with his football. He really wants to win and he is very down to earth.

 

We don't have a single player that can be nasty or really drive the team. When we were getting pissed on by Man U we could have really done with a bit of passion and a few hard tackle's in midfield. Carsley is good at mopping things up but he can't grab the game by the scruff of its neck and really influence it.

 

I don't think Barton is a horrid little shite like Anelka, Hadj Diouf or Bellamy, I really don't.

 

Don't forget the press always put a slant on things.

 

In the absence of our technical ability I suppose though one of our main strengths is team spirit. This could be a risk though with Barton.

 

Having said that, if Barton see's our effort he may not be so frustrated.

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Is this all a cunning plan by joey to lower his price & sort his move to everton on the cheap?

Or

Is he a jumped up twat?

 

Either way he's a good player & id take him, just get stubbs to put him on his arse on day 1.

Besides having a a born blue playing for us is worth 2 of any other IMO.

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I have bitten my tongue for long enough now.

 

Barton is not Everton material, we have just lost a midfield player who was a true Evertonian. A man who displayed all that is good about this club of ours. Our players reflect and represent our club, our current crop are a good example to young Evertonians, no bad'uns.

 

For the good of our dressing room it has to be a serious fuck off, T agree's with me and she knows bugger all about footie.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Every day of the fucking week Mark. You know footie is a team sport, JB is not a team player (unless you include Ice Hockey in there).

 

I want players at Everton who are commited, not players who should be commited. He has passion and ability, that is unquestionable. But he is a bit of a twit in the personality dept.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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It's not his personality that kicks a football though is it? He may act like a spoilt 12 year old sometimes, but his footballing ability surpasses many of players older than him. That is what matters most to me.

 

You say he could disrupt our dressing room but he's moaning at City because their players dont share his passion to win, I dont think we have that lack of will to win in out dressing room so it wouldnt be a problem. If not Im sure Cahill would lay him clean out.

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It's not his personality that kicks a football though is it? He may act like a spoilt 12 year old sometimes, but his footballing ability surpasses many of players older than him. That is what matters most to me.

 

You say he could disrupt our dressing room but he's moaning at City because their players dont share his passion to win, I dont think we have that lack of will to win in out dressing room so it wouldnt be a problem. If not Im sure Cahill would lay him clean out.

 

JB aint built like a corner flag is he?.

 

I really am trying to see your point Mark, but maybe because of my age I can't agree with a petulant little shit who doesn't realise the God given talent he has been given, and is hell bent on self destruction.

 

That can only be bad for the club, lets say we do buy him (God forbid), and he goes to court over these assault charges - we may well lose him to HMP a la Ferguson. Not the best start to employment in a new gaffe is it?.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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JB aint built like a corner flag is he?.

 

I really am trying to see your point Mark, but maybe because of my age I can't agree with a petulant little shit who doesn't realise the God given talent he has been given, and is hell bent on self destruction.

 

That can only be bad for the club, lets say we do buy him (God forbid), and he goes to court over these assault charges - we may well lose him to HMP a la Ferguson. Not the best start to employment in a new gaffe is it?.

ATB

 

Mac

 

 

Maybe not, but Cahill isnt a shit midfielder called Dabo is he? He's a committed pain in the arse a la Barton.

 

I think he does realise the talent he has though and that's his problem. He can't undestant why his team mates arent as good as he is or put everything into every game like he does. I have self control problems myself, especially when Im playing football, so I cant criticise him for some of the things he does tbh. I can totally see where hes coming from in some respects, you do get pissed off when you see people not putting the effort in.

 

About him going to prison - I think Moyes will wait to see what transpires there before any move.

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As always Mark, some good valid points made there..........but

 

It seems to me you are trying to draw a picture of a Roy Keane type character, Keane had issues (just read his Biog) but he had more ability in his left leg than Barton has in his whole body.

 

Way too much baggage at such a tender age, can you imagine how his ego will grow if he is this much of a twit at 24?. I want the best at Everton mate, but not at the cost of losing credibilty as a Prem league club.

 

There must be an alternative, I know you and several of our members have a serious chubby on for this man, I just can't find it in me to go along with this.

 

His price may well come down, but at some point he will bring more shame on himself and whoever is stupid enough to buy him.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Very few Mark, but have you forgotten about his escapades in Thailand with the young Evertonian?.

 

In this case I feel money is immaterial, we are not just buying a football player, we are buying a commodity, a service if you like. Would you employ Mike Tyson as a therapist?, no you fucking wouldn't.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Very few Mark, but have you forgotten about his escapades in Thailand with the young Evertonian?.

 

In this case I feel money is immaterial, we are not just buying a football player, we are buying a commodity, a service if you like. Would you employ Mike Tyson as a therapist?, no you fucking wouldn't.

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

 

Try none. You like Reo-Coke but you'd have to pay around double what Barton is available for.

 

 

No I havnt forgotten about that but did Manure fans say they didnt want Shrek because he went around shagging grannies and throwing tantrums on the training ground at Everton? No, because you have to take the rough with the smooth. Barton's ability is worth so much more to our team than his problems. You take away having a shit team and you give him nothing to speak out about. At Everton he would be with players who have the same, if not more, passion than he does.

 

 

Yes we are buying a service, a service to be the the best he can be on the football field. Fuck him being a role model, I dont buy into that shit. If a child is brought up in the right way by their parents then they wont be idiotic enough to copy his stupid antics. People know what is right and what is wrong.

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This has been discussed ad nauseum in a thread elsewhere, R-C is a player I would love at Goodison.

 

R-C would raise his game when surrounded by players of a higher calibre, JB would drag other down .

 

ATB

 

Mac

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This has been discussed ad nauseum in a thread elsewhere, R-C is a player I would love at Goodison.

 

R-C would raise his game when surrounded by players of a higher calibre, JB would drag other down .

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

 

So would Barton and Barton is a better player to start out with so just think what of how good he would be playing for us. Are you really willing to get a player in who runs scared when the going gets tough like Reo-Coker has done this season at WHU? Im not, I'd much rather have a player like Barton who try to take a game by the scruff of the neck and ruffle a few feathers to get the best out of our players when things are going shit.

 

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum ,Reo-Coker is not. Barton? Well that we would find out for sure by taking a risk.

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Im deffo not normally one to do this but a former colleague/friend of mine txtd me at 5:30 today saying

 

Jus been told by a city director that bartons going to Everton

 

I replied to him and he said

 

Said it wasnt a done deal but very likely

 

Make of it what you will

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Im deffo not normally one to do this but a former colleague/friend of mine txtd me at 5:30 today saying

 

Jus been told by a city director that bartons going to Everton

 

I replied to him and he said

 

Said it wasnt a done deal but very likely

 

Make of it what you will

 

 

I would be ecstatic if that was true

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im now on the fence o this one. his football abilites are superb but his personality is utter shite. anyone else who did what he has done over the past few years would be jailed, but seeing as he is a footballer he gets away with it.

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I'm with Mark on this one. The way I look at it is someone is going to get a good footballer for a great price. Might as well be us. Just have to let him know that he won't be able to get away with his shit behavior and attitude here and if he does he is gone. Maybe I am getting too use to athletes with off the field problems, granted there are a lot of them in America.

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Please God no to him coming to us.

 

I really like Mark and respect what he has to say, but this twit has no place at Goodison Park, take a look at our history and general ethos towards footie, we are The School Of Science, we have produced some of the finest footballing traditions 2nd only to WH Utd.

 

I love my club and to think of this titwank representing us is abhorrent to me.

 

Bill, I see what you are saying but if Mark and I disagree it is down to us to sort it out, and I feel Barton is not for us in so many different ways.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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Please God no to him coming to us.

 

I really like Mark and respect what he has to say, but this twit has no place at Goodison Park, take a look at our history and general ethos towards footie, we are The School Of Science, we have produced some of the finest footballing traditions 2nd only to WH Utd.

 

I love my club and to think of this titwank representing us is abhorrent to me.

 

Bill, I see what you are saying but if Mark and I disagree it is down to us to sort it out, and I feel Barton is not for us in so many different ways.

 

ATB

 

Mac

 

 

I quite resent the fact that you're saying Im a twit and I have no place at Goodison Park. I am not a titwank :P

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im with mark, since the thailand incident this is the first thing that has happened, and like has been said, players havent been pulling their weight. our biggest thing at everton is team work and i honestly believe that with our players around him he shouldn't have anythin to moan about. his drive on the pitch could have saved our bacon a few times this season, maybe putting us a bit further up the table.

 

i, for one, have got everythin crossed that we get this lad. 5.5 is a bargain for what he can bring on the field.

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It doesn't matter how good a player he is.

 

 

Is he going to raise the spirits of the team with his signing or the other way round. That is the question.

 

 

 

Bellamy, Pennant, bowyer and Woodgate all have a history. But its more to do with the people outside the club more than anything else. With Bellamy it was only one major scuffle with Souness but he wasnt the only one to blame. Barton IMO has had too many scuffles with people on the inside.

 

Rafa thought that he could handle Pennant and Bellamy (and made it clear in no uncertain terms that they had the responsibility to look after themselves as this could possibly be their last chance to which they agreed). Does Barton actually have some remorse for what he did to the youth team player with the ciggarette butthead and O Dabo? Im not quite sure.

 

If you had finished in the lower half of the table this season i would have agreed that this is a risk you might take but with you doing quite well in the league with good players in centre midfield, i wouldnt recommed him right now. But it all depends on how Moyes and Barton view the switch i guess.

 

But im not quite sure how this will work out.

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There was no nastiness in the exchange with Mark, He has his view - and put over his points very well, citing ability as part of his arguement. I resorted to petty childish name calling.

 

I am a huge fan of decent debate, I sank to a level I am not proud of.

 

I am a twit, but so is Barton.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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