Re: Benched Barton courts controversy again (SEB??) - Possible FA Charge! HA HA!
He can do what he likes, I didn't go for a drink at half time so I was sat in the stand just watching the whole back and forth between him and the fans around him - as I sit in the South West and he was down that end for most of half time. The thing that probably irked me the most was him messing around in goals actually, but I assume he knew he had no chance of getting on unless there was an injury to the imperious Shaun Derry.
I found the whole 5-1 thing a bit of a laugh, he gave some, he got some, the QPR fans defended him, some of the QPR fans had a go at him, Samson even got involved and then there was the case of our fan running a half marathon to remind him of the current score. I'd be a bit bemused if one of our players was bragging to the opposition about a scoreline achieved with a team he engineered a move away from but I'm not going to try and pretend to understand Barton.
He's a cretin and I despise him but the game is probably better off for characters like him. The thing I don't like is that when he retires he'll still be around the game a lot, you know he'll be a pundit or a columnist (although most likely with the Mirror or Sun). It's all a bit of 'banter' as the saying goes I believe, and no one got hurt. Let's face it, we can't get precious over 5-1 these days, we - or at least I - hear it on such a regular occassion now it's easier just to laugh and walk away.