“I let a lot of people down and now I am just hoping to re-pay them. I know a lot of people don’t think that I deserve another chance but fortunately I have got one. People are quick to condemn me but if you don’t make mistakes you don’t give them the chance to start throwing stones.”
“Hopefully I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’m trying to put things right and get my football career and life back on track. I’ve had more chances than anyone deserved but I’m just thankful, I’ve got them and hopefully I’ll go some way to repaying the debt. I may never fully repay it but I’ll try. I can be a shining beacon for kids who have been in trouble before like myself. Time is a great healer.” – Joey Barton, October 24, 2008.
“I asked him to stay calm in the heat of the battle but it was a stupid tackle and he deserved to be sent off.” – Alan Shearer, May 4, 2009.
“Joey Barton has been suspended from the club until further notice. The club will be making no further comment at this time.” – a statement from Newcastle, May 5, 2009.
Joey Barton’s horrific tackle on Xabi Alonso can be seen here.