FA seek ref view over Barton challenge

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The Football Association are trying to establish whether referee Martin Atkinson saw Joey Barton´s controversial challenge on Dickson Etuhu during Saturday´s 1-1 draw at Sunderland before deciding whether any disciplinary action should be taken against the Newcastle midfielder.

Atkinson did not award a foul when Barton went into the tackle with his studs high on the Sunderland player, with both men squaring up afterwards.

It is understood there was no mention of the incident in the referee´s report, and the FA will seek clarification over whether Atkinson did indeed witness the clash at the time as well as reviewing television evidence.

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