Joey Barton had a Joey Barton moment when he as sent off against Hull City yesterday.
Already down a goal, the Queens Park Rangers’ captain attempted to hit Tom Huddlestone with a low blow directly in front of referee Anthony Taylor, leaving the official no choice but to send Barton to the showers.
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Barton has a history of losing his cool and his career has seen many incidents uglier than those against Hull, but he had seemingly matured after being given the captain’s armband at Loftus Road.
However, Joey Barton is Joey Barton, and his teammate Charlie Austin believes the Joey from Saturday cost QPR the match.
I think he just went over to protect Darnell but it’s a silly sending off. It’s kind of cost us the game. He’s the villain and rightly so for getting sent off. He’s got to deal with it.
He’s going to miss the next three games and he’s an important player for us, he’s our captain.
He’s just held his hands up and said sorry…There’s only so many times you can say sorry. We move on now, we’ve got a squad and that’s the main thing.”
It is clear Austin is upset with his captain, and even though Barton apologized to his teammates and the fans after the match, you can be sure others are too. But it is rare to see a player call out a teammate so publicly, especially considering Barton is the captain of the club.
For now, Barton will be suspended for QPR’s next three matches, including two matches at home against London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. As the R’s are battling for survival, they will need their captain and center midfielder to clean up his act.