QPR captain Joey Barton picked up his ninth red card of his career at the weekend and his new manager Chris Ramsey has admitted that he may be sent to anger management therapy to stop any more red cards occurring in his career, according to the Mirror.
Barton saw red in the 32nd minute when he appeared to give Tom Huddlestone a jab in the private parts.
The punch would not have looked out of place in the boxing ring - with Mayweather and Pacquiao announced perhaps Barton wanted in on the undercard.
Barton has obviously got a rich history of trouble and this has just added to his diminishing reputation. The midfielder has picked up seven yellow cards and one red card in his previous eight games - a shocking record for a player to have.
Once again Joey Barton knows what wound him up but once again he could do nothing to stop it. Joey Barton has failed once again to eradicate the part of the game that drags him down from being a quality player. He has one England cap to his name and it could have been many more if he had the attitude of footballer than that of an ice hockey enforcer.
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“I’ve gone there to protect a young kid who was making his debut,” he was quoted as telling the Telegraph. “I saw a lot of the opposition players running over and a couple of them were shouting for the red card."
“As captain, refs speak to you before the game and say: ‘If the players start crowding, can you get in there and try to calm the situation down?’ I did that and a couple of Hull players were pushing and shoving and I’ve stupidly reacted and touched Tom Huddlestone up. It’s a very stupid reaction from me."
“It makes no sense. Obviously, if I could rewind it and take it back, I wouldn’t do it. A player such as myself should know better. I can only apologise to the lads, I can’t chop my arm off and give it to them.”
Not the first time
Barton would be no stranger to anger management help as he saw a specialist back in 2005 when he assaulted an Everton fan whilst on tour in Thailand with Manchester City.
Barton has had incidents with Morten Gamst Pedersen, three Manchester City players in the last game of the 2011-12 season and also the horrific training ground attack on Dabo which saw him pick up his second criminal record for violence.
A copy book well and truly blotted.
Will the problem end?
Joey Barton is clearly an intelligent person and incredibly opinionated which can make him an inspirational person to be around seeing as his previous three managers made him captain but with these moments of stupidity when he sees red (in his mind as well as the field) then people will become disillusioned with him and cause players and fans alike to lose trust in the centre midfielder.
Barton is an effective player but he is no use to the team if he is walking on egg shells on the pitch for picking up a silly yellow here and there. He is also less useful when his suspended for moments of ineptitude.
With QPR already in trouble this season facing relegation and losing out in the 89th minute to a Dame N'Doye goal, the finger is pointed at Joey Barton on this occasion.
Despite his obvious apologies to the dressing room Charlie Austin made it quite clear on Twitter that Barton had "cost them the game". Baton has some making up to do with his teammates and fans alike if he is going to lead QPR to another season of Premier League football.
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