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Should Joey Barton Shut Up? Of Course Not You Dithering Borebag

by | 18th, October 2011

FOOTBALLERS, regrettably, are simultaneously the most exciting and dull people on Earth. They can go from scoring the most sublime bicycle kick from 25 yards out, to delivering the most insultingly tedious post-match interview in the space of 10 minutes.

It doesn’t matter what sporting genius a player delivers during a game because you know damn well what’s coming: ‘Yeah, um, it was great to score but the three points is the main thing. The lads played brilliantly out there today’.

This is why we cherish the likes of Gordon Strachan and Ian Holloway because, sadly, football breeds a type of human who is both required to show ‘passion’ on the field, but an appalling absence of it when away from it.

And so, we come to Joey Barton who, by default, is just about the only footballer of interest in England currently. His twitter feed is often an accidentally hilarious read as he furrows his little sporting brow over lyrics of The Smiths and tries to pass off his visits to museums and art-galleries like it’s second nature to him.

However, what Barton is doing that is of far more value than his peers is that he’s completely willing to criticise and engage. It doesn’t matter if he looks stupid, funny or clever the world of football should be happy enough that there’s someone who at least seems to be a human, with all those glorious flaws, in the game at all.

This all comes on the back Joey talking at the Professional Players Federation national conference. He said:

“I feel that the FA came to hush me down or make me not have an opinion. If they came to do that, they picked the wrong person, because there’s no way I can be like that. If I didn’t have an opinion, I’d cease to exist.”

See, it seems that the FA want Barton to shut up and play nice and that they went as far as actually asking him to button it in a meeting.

“If I was to go out and pass comment and say, ‘Everyone join this bondage club’, then I think we would have an issue. But I’m going on there to have an extension of me. It sounds really bad when you say it because it just makes you think of Nazi Germany but it is a propaganda machine. Social media is a propaganda machine.”

It goes without saying that the FA are joyless swine. Have you seen the great picture of Arsenal’s Sammy Nelson mooning his own fans? One of football’s most iconic moments which was met by a warm round of applause and a chortle saw the FA suspending the

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