Alan Shearer was involved in a furious shouting match with
Joey Barton after Newcastle's game against Liverpool, according to The Sun.
The pair had to be pulled apart when Shearer laid into
Barton after the midfielder's red card for a wild tackle on Xabi Alonso.
When Shearer told him he had let the club down, Barton, who
left the pitch mouthing "it wasn't a foul", apparently responded by
telling Shearer: "You're a s*** manager with s*** tactics."
As the former Mr Match Of The Day had just selected Damien
Duff to play left-back and Fabricio Coloccini to play... well, just to play, it
is hard to argue with Barton, who will miss the rest of the season through
insider told The Sun: "It was unbelievable. They were like two
stags," presumably not implying that the pair both had a ruminant
digestive system and sharp hooves.
"You wonder what goes on in Joey's head."
Indeed you do, and Early Doors is reluctant to stick the
boot too firmly into a man whose behaviour goes well beyond standard footballer
idiocy and points to genuine psychological problems.
Spells in prison and rehab do not seem to have calmed Barton
down, and his career as a professional footballer has once again been brought
You can't help but feel that a future away from the game
might be best for all concerned.
On a less profound note (and, honestly, what does Early
Doors actually know about Joey Barton?), this Barton spat - if true - adds to an
impressive list of bust-ups for Shearer.
As the straight-talking sheet metal worker's son from the
North-East, Shearer is usually painted as the innocent party in all these
shenanigans, but it takes two to tango and the pointy-elbowed number nine has
had plenty of run-ins in his time.
But perhaps his most famous ruck was with serial quarreller
Craig Bellamy, who was alleged to have sent Shearer abusive texts and told him
he was finished. Which, in fairness, he was.
Bellamy and Barton could be seen as kindred spirits, which
is what made it so easy to do a six degrees of separation type thing involving
Alan Shearer is the
latest in a long line of people to fall out with Joey Barton, who once got into trouble for mooning Everton fans, whose constant barracking
of Robbie Fowler prompted the
striker's infamous goal-line-snorting celebration. Fowler has been targeted by burglars while playing for Leeds and Cardiff, but not while at Liverpool
unlike many of his former team-mates. One such player is John Arne Riise, whose payslip was nabbed from a bin outside his
home and ended up on the internet. A karaoke night at a Spanish training camp
reportedly ended with Riise being hit with a five-iron wielded by Craig Bellamy, who has enjoyed
innumerable high-profile bust-ups including one with the aforementioned Alan Shearer.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: What does Cristiano Ronaldo have in common
with Boris Johnson? They both love Routemaster buses: "For me the sight of the
red London buses is what my first thoughts of England were. My
nieces and nephews would love to play on one, so I'm going to buy one for them."
Probably less easy to stuff into a wall
than a £193,000 Ferrari, too.
FOREIGN VIEW: A Mexican footballer has been banned for
spitting and blowing "nasal secretions" at an opponent then telling
him he had swine flu.
Guadalajara defender Hector
Reynoso has provisionally been suspended from all matches in the Copa Libertadores
following last week's game at Everton of Chile in South
America's top club competition.
The South American Football Confederation said the length of
the ban would be determined in the next 72 hours.
"At around the 90th minute of the aforementioned game,
Reynoso, following an incident in the game, reacted by spitting at Everton
player Sebastian Penco and then releasing nasal secretions at the face of the
player," said the confederation in a statement.
"This situation, lamentable in its own right, was
aggravated by the risk of a possible infection of the disease AH1N1 (swine
Reynoso was widely quoted as saying in the media that he had
told Penco he had the disease.
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