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Cheeky Joey In Trouble Again

Joey Barton could be in hot water again after Merseyside Police confirmed they had received complaints following an incident involving Barton at the end of this afternoon's game, just after City had equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.

Joey was naturally celebrating in front of the City fans after Richard's late goal had rescued a point, but it is alleged he dropped his shorts and exposed his ample backside to the obviously easily shockable Everton fans; in other words, a "blue moon" !

Stuart Pearce has confirmed that he will be looking into the incident:

'The police approached me afterwards to make me aware of what had happened. I did not see it. But if anything did happen, we will look at it with an open mind and deal with it.'

I haven't seen the incident myself yet, and I'll be looking forward to seeing it on the TV highlights later tonight, but I can't help feeling what a complete waste of Police time episodes like this are.

Even if he did moon at the Everton fans, that's football for Christ's sake! Lighten up people; the game is so regulated at the moment, if there can't be any good natured ribbing, football is going to become a sterile and clinical experience that will drive even more fans away.

One of the best thing about match days is good-natured banter and ribbing between teams and fans. We need more of it, not less!


POSTSCRIPT
Since I wrote this original "tongue in cheek" article, it seems that immediately prior to the incident, Joey had gone over to a disabled young City fan and given him his shirt. Joey was then subjected to taunts by the Everton fans including some more offensive ones about his brother. Let's hope that's all taken into account before people start to criticise.




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Date:Saturday September 30 2006

Time: 8:07PM

Your Comments

It's time he learned to grow up, we all know what the media are like they will milk it for all it's worth, we can do without that at the moment with all the adverse publicity that has been received this season.
alphieblues
I agree the media will make a mountain out of an ant hill, they are the scum and why oh why do fans complain when something like this happens?? Its part of the game, lets not forget what the players have to put up with from the fans!!
Cravens
How is showing your arse to fans, some of whom are young children, part of the game? He needs to grow up.
BisphamTangerine
would those be the same young people taunting him about his brother for 90 minutes? FFS what is it about Everton fans and complaints to the police. Seem to want to give it out but can't take a bit of banter in return. You see more backside on the beaches at Blackpool let alone overseas.
ronin
for gods sake.i h8 city fans who moan about pathetic things.at the end of the day , childrens parents dont care about bringin there kids to the game despite all the bad language and the 'oh manchester is wonderful,its full of t..., f.... and city' songs, now all of a sudden they can moan about a bit of harmless humour,coz our joey pulls a blue moon.i think its hilarious , so do all the proper blues i stand with in the south stand every week, its the dim minority who hav nothin better in there lifes to moan about who will hav somert bad to say about this.oh and one last word.if u dont like the blue moon of joey , then its tough .u shouldnt bring kids to the games to listen to appauling language. and then cry just because of a bare bum, joke.u mupppetts
citymanc
in answer to your postscript it never is taken into account. Its the same with managers they take abuse from behind the dugout for 90 minutes when they turn round and try to have a joke with the fans all hell breaks loose.
dazza71
It was a little inmature but for the old bill to get involved is a little extreme!!!
simmy8_2000
Zidane and to be fair Materazzi's act, Thatcher and now this! It ain't good for the sport. Maybe there are mitigating circumstances and we will see how this pans out.
RGP
rgp giv it a break will ya.not good for the game, its a laff , aint u got a sense of humour, it wasnt violence.it was a moony ffs.get a life and grow up.find sommert real worth whingein about u loser.years bak players shows there arses to refs.and all the fans loved it.now u get mupopets like u tryin to cry.glad u aint a city fan.
citymanc
 

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