Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is the bad boy of the English Premier League.  He’s mooned opposing fans, beat up a 15 year old fan, put a lit cigar into a teammate’s eye,  viciously assaulted a teammate, and served time in jail on, you guessed it, assault.  In spite of all that, Barton continues to play in the EPL for Newcastle and is rather unsurprisingly causing controversy on the field.  His latest spat came two Saturdays ago on the opening weekend of the season when he incited new Arsenal forward Gervinho into slapping him, producing a red card.  Barton is also involved in a dispute with Newcastle and may move to QPR this week.  And you thought your team had it bad with PacMan Jones?

Barton’s most recent incident with Gervinho meant he was a topic of discussion on ESPN UK’s Talk Of The Terrace, and that’s where former Arsenal player and current Fulham defender Philippe Senderos joins the fun.  Senderos was talking about Barton “coming strong in the tackle” which is quite a normal thing to say when talking about aggressive soccer players.  It’s what Senderos said next that caused a premature end to the segment before the interview could reach its proper climax.  Just like that, a hard and firm news segment was screwed as the studio bursted into laughter…


[H/T Bob’s Blitz

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