Joey Barton on Infamous Blowup Against Manchester City: 'I Was a Lunatic'

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVMarch 13, 2014

Redaktionshinweis: Grossbritannien OUT ! Kein Verkauf, kein Archiv ! +++ ARCHIV: Queens Park Rangers Joey Barton after being sent off during the English Premier League match  against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester England (Foto vom 13.05.12). Skandalprofi Barton ist nach seinem Platzverweis im letzten Saisonspiel gegen Manchester City nun auch von seinem Klub bestraft worden. Wie die Queens Park Rangers am Montag (25.06.12) mitteilten, muss der Mittelfeldspieler sechs Wochengehaeaelter, geschaetzte 500.000 Pfund (etwa 620.000 Euro), zahlen und wird zudem nicht laenger als Kapitaen des Londoner Premier-League-Klubs auflaufen. Des weiteren behaelt sich QPR das Recht vor, den bis Sommer 2015 gueltigen Vertrag mit dem 29-Jaehrigen jederzeit zu beenden - er spielt damit auf Bewaehrung. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Dave Thompson/PA/dapd
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Joey Barton, who was infamously sent off and subsequently banned 12 matches for a violent outburst in 2012's final Premier League match, has revealed the methods behind his actions. 

In speaking with students at Oxford, the QPR man dished on the now-famous match where Manchester City scored twice late to win the Premier League. Barton called it "cold," "calculated" and "lunatic." 

In quotes via the Daily Mail, the midfielder said: 

This is the weirdest, scariest thing about it. I've lost my head lots of times. That time I hadn't gone. It was a cold, calculated decision to try and even it up. 

What people forget about the incident is, and I'm not trying to condone my part in it, I'm just trying to put it into context, (Carlos) Tevez had punched me off the ball, for all intents and purposes he's come round me and hit me with the side of his hand. 

So me being me thought I'll wait and I'll even this up so I've elbowed and the referee and the linesman have seen, well the linesman's seen it, the referee's never seen it. 

I subsequently get the red card, Tevez gets away with impunity and I've got a strong sense of justice and what's right and what's wrong and I'm not going to accept that, and (Sergio) Aguero had been telling the ref that I'd done it. 

And so I thought, where I'm from grasses—we call them grasses people who tell—so I'm like well he's grassed on me so I'll get him sent off, the snitch, he's getting sent off, so he gets a knee. 

I thought if I can even the teams up and get one of their players sent off then that will make my sending off lesser, because he'll have been sent off and he'll have apportioned the blame. 

It was a mad, mad scenario, cold light of day I'm thinking that's a lunatic who made that decision. A lunatic wouldn't think that was the rational thing to do but at the time I thought it was the correct decision. 

See the entirety of Barton's talk at Oxford dishing on his sending off here

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City clashes with Joey Barton of QPR after being fouled during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester,
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[Daily Mail]