Magpies midfielder courts trouble again
Newcastle’s Joey Barton hit lukewarm on the Joey Barton In Hot Water Meter® after appearing to make obscene gestures and homophobic comments towards Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Barton, never too far away from his next disciplinary hearing, appeared to call Torres a “f**king poof”. He also grabbed his crotch and seemingly offered his Spanish opponent the opportunity to “suck it”.
Internet chatter seems divided between those who think its just childish playground abuse (which is probably true) and those who think it is unacceptable homophobic behaviour (which is equally true).
OTP doesn’t see how the authorities can ignore this and retain any credibility for already ropey anti-homophobia in football campaigns. If it had been a racist gesture or comment, there would not be any debate.
Thoughts, OTP readers?