Joey Barton just can’t keep himself out of the headlines, can he?
You’d think that a move to Scotland would mean the midfielder would be out of the firing line as he plays the final few years of his career.
But it seems that Barton just loves causing trouble no matter which country - or team - he’s playing in.
Article continues below
A report in the Mirror revealed his latest misdemeanour at Rangers’ training ground.
One source said: “Barton told some home truths and not all of the boys reacted well. One of them pointed out to Joey that they hardly lost a game last season and had been doing fine without him.
Article continues below
“Barton responded by saying they were 'playing against s*** teams in a s*** league'. But he lost the plot when one of the boys said they managed to beat Celtic last season without him too - and that he hardly got a kick against them at the weekend.
“It was all getting very heated but when Warburton tried to calm it down Barton went head-to-head with him too.
"He left the manager with very little choice and it’s difficult to see how he can come back from this now.
“Barton has not been seen at the training ground since and has been told to stay well clear until Monday morning when he’ll discover his fate.”
Of course, it’s just the latest in a long line of controversial moments in Barton’s career. We’ve taken a look at seven of the biggest incident Barton has been involved with in the past.
Stubbing a cigar out in a teammate’s eye
James Tandy may not have made a career for himself in the footballing world but he hit the headlines for being Barton’s very own ashtray.
Tandy, rather naively, tried to set Barton’s shirt alight at a Manchester City Christmas party. Unsurprisingly, Barton didn’t take too kindly to it and stubbed out his lit cigar in Tandy’s eye.
A fine of six weeks’ wages from Kevin Keegan was the result.
Assaulting a teammate in training
Three years later, Barton was involved in another incident with a teammate at Manchester City - and this one was even more serious.
The Rangers players can consider themselves fortunate that punches didn’t fly during the training ground argument this week because that’s what happened in 2007 with Ousmane Dabo - leaving the Frenchman with a detached retina.
After the clash, Barton was sentenced to a four-month suspended prison sentence plus 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay £3,000 compensation and Dabo's court costs.
He also received a violent conduct charge from the FA.
Being sent to jail for common assault and affray
This was probably Barton’s highest-profile incident and one that saw him serve a prison sentence.
In May 2008, he was involved in a fight in Liverpool city centre and was jailed for six months for common assault and affray.
Footage showed him punching one man 20 times. He then later served 77 days of his term.
Punching Morten Gamst Pedersen
2010 now and Barton is at Newcastle - but he hasn't matured with age. Playing against Blackburn at St. James’ Park, Barton was caught punching Pedersen in the chest for no apparent reason.
He went unpunished at the time but was later charged with violent conduct. Unsurprisingly.
Showing his backside to Everton fans
While this incident is rather more petty than some of the more serious misdemeanours Barton has been involved with, it still landed him a fine and a police investigation.
His moment of madness against Manchester City
This game in May 2012 will always be remembered for Sergio Aguero’s injury-time winner to win City the league, but let’s not forget Barton’s behaviour during the second-half.
He was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez, then kicked Aguero whilst leaving the pitch and attempted to take out anyone else that stood in his way. His dismissal could have cost QPR their Premier League status.
His tackle on Sunderland’s Dickson Etuhu
Newcastle vs. Sunderland are always fiery - especially when Barton is involved. A strong tackle is always welcomed in a local derby but a studs-up tackle on the thigh of Etuhu was shocking.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms