The Amazing Adventures of Joey Barton
We’re not sure if Joey Barton is angling for his own TV series of whether he is just being a little more ridiculous than usual, but the Newcastle midfielder has had another eventful weekend.
August 15th, 2011
The summer has certainly been interesting for Barton. After tweeting about the departure of Kevin Nolan earlier in the season, his rants eventually landed him on the transfer list and since then, the former Manchester City player has firmly established himself as the North East’s top tweeter.
Arguments with journalists, whinges at the Newcastle board and moments of literary brilliance have all featured on Barton’s feed but despite all this, he did start Newcastle’s opening Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Needless to say, Joey was the centre of attention once again in what, despite all of Arsenal’s delightful tappy-tappy football, was a relatively uninspiring affair.
It all started when Alex Song, in response to the criticism that Arsenal lack bite in midfield, decided to add some bite to the Arsenal midfield by stamping on Mr Barton’s leg.
Song got away with it on the night but he surely hasn’t heard the end of that one, and it sowed the seeds for the next incident, with Barton involved in an altercation with Gunners new-boy Gervinho.
Barton, unhappy with an apparent dive by Gervinho, dragged the Ivorian to his feet. Unsurprisingly, a fracas ensued with Barton on the ground, clutching his face shortly after. Replays showed just how ridiculous Barton’s Oscar-winning reaction to Gervinho’s slap actually was, leading to general condemnation from managers, players, fans, press and anyone else with an opinion.
But it seems, just 24 hours later, the boy from Huyton has done good once again! It seems that young Joey has helped Northumbria Police to apprehend a burglar who was (from the sounds of it, in a rather stupid fashion) trying to break into his neighbour’s home.
As usual, Twitter was on hand to prevent journalists from actually doing any work, with Barton tweeting: “05:26 was awoken by a banging sound, burglar attempting to break into neighbour’s house. Needless to say he was apprehended.”
Police later viewed CCTV footage taken from Barton’s home in Jesmond on Sunday as part of their inquiry and arrested a 25-year-old man.
Barton added on Twitter: “He was so subtle he attempted to put a massive log through the window.
“What with the burglar and Arsenal game, it’s been an incident-packed 24hrs.”
Stay tuned for the latest instalment of The Amazing Adventures of Joey Barton, possibly coming from Stoke-upon-Trent is some tabloids are to be believed.