The Controversial Career of Joey Barton

December 2004 – Stubs a cigar out in the eye of young Manchester City player Jamie Tandy during the club’s Christmas party. Forced to pay 8 weeks wages and £65,000 to Tandy for damages after being fined by the club and sued by the youngster respectively.

July 2005 – Attacks a 15-year-old Everton fan in Bangkok during a pre-season tour; fined 8 weeks wages by Manchester City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

May 2007 – An altercation with team-mate Ousmane Dabo, leaving the Frenchman needing hospital treatment sees Barton suspended, and a year later given a four month suspended prison sentence as well as a 12 match ban and £25,000 fine by the FA.

May 2008 – Jailed for six months after being found guilty of assault and affray.

May 2009 – Suspended by Newcastle United after an argument with manager Alan Shearer following his sending off against Liverpool.

November 2010 – Banned for 3 games by the FA after punching Blackburn player Morten Gamst Pedersen during Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat.

May 2012 – Banned for 12 matches and fined £75,000 by the FA after elbowing Carlos Tevez, kneeing Sergio Aguero and trying to headbutt Vincent Kompany on the final day of the season after being sent off. Subsequently gets stripped of the QPR captaincy.

April 2013 – Banned for 2 games after calling Paris Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva an ‘overweight ladyboy’ on Twitter whilst playing for Marseille.

2 Year Anniversary of the Infamous Gerrard Slip

To mark the 2 year anniversary of the infamous Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea, allowing Demba Ba to nick the ball and pretty much end Liverpool’s title hopes, we take a look at some of the greatest memes to come out of this disastrous moment.

The slip came after the Liverpool captan was famously filmed in a huddle with his teammates insisting that they could not let their point advantage at the top of the Premier League slip as Manchester City were right on their tails. Gerrard had never won a Premier League title, so understandably he was determined to push on… oh fate, you are so cruel!

(Apologies Liverpool fans)

Liverpool famously lost out to Manchester City after the untimely slip. This is just cruel…

Steven Gerrard slip with City fans

Man City fans really relished the slip…

Steven Gerrard slip with City celebrating

Simple yet effective…

Steven Gerrard slip Premier League trophy

Even wrestling fans got in on the action, replacing the slip with a well-timed Randy Orton RKO outta nowhere…

Steven Gerrard slip RKO

Absolutely relentless…

Steven Gerrard slip evolution

Did Gerrard slip, or was he tackled?

Steven Gerrard slip Louis Van Gaal

A slightly more *ahem* creative take on the unfortunate slip…

Steven Gerrard slip Human Centipede

And finally… it wouldn’t be right without Fergie getting in on the act, right?

Steven Gerrard slip Fergie fishing

However, there is no doubting that, other than this one slip, Gerrard has had an amazing career, widely regarded as one of the best centre midfielders of his generation; it is a travesty he never won more silverware. Although, he has still got a lot of talent and would be a welcome addition to any top team, as you can see from this impressive goal for LA Galaxy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCwcUiFfS5o

Riyad Mahrez – First African Winner of the PFA Player of the Year Award

PFA Player of the Year

Riyad Mahrez has made history by becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award. In fact, he is only the second non-European player to win the prestigious award, after Luis Suarez was voted by his peers as the winner of the award in the 2013/14 season.

PFA Player of the Year

Bought for approximately £400,ooo in the summer of 2014, Mahrez has really shone this season as the main goal threat for Leicester City alongside the prolific Jamie Vardy in their incredible battle to make arguably the greatest piece of history so far in the Premier League era. His explosive pace and tricky feet have proved too much for many Premier League defenders this year, so it comes as no surprise that he won; what is surprising is that he is the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.

Riyad Mahrez

Yaya Toure has long been considered one of the best midfielders in the Premier League in recent years, and, other than his overly confident (read: arrogant) attitude, he is a true spectacle to watch. With his departure from English football seemingly imminent, it is a true shame that he wasn’t the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award… that is to take nothing away from Mahrez, who has been an absolute pleasure to watch on so many occasions this season.

yaya-toure-considering-leaving-manchester-city-because-club-failed-to-wish-him-a-happy-birthday

Mahrez, upon winning, dedicated his award to his Leicester team-mates saying “All the credit is for them seriously.” With two other Leicester City players named among the nominees for the award (Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante), it was only right that he acknowledged the achievements of his team-mates too, by revealing that “Without his [my] team-mates he [I] wouldn’t get this award.”

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Congratulations once again to Riyad Mahrez on becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award!

 

Sepp Blatter Has Been Hospitalised

There is no lack of dislike for Sepp Blatter among football fans, that is no secret. From issues such as financial mismanagement to the constant allegations against him of corruption which have led him to be suspended from FIFA for 90 days, there are countless reasons why fans want him out of the footballing world indefinitely.

However, last week, Blatter was placed into hospital care in Zurich after going for a check up and subsequently suffering a ‘minor emotional breakdown’. He is expected to stay there until next week whilst his situation is being monitored by doctors. According to the 79-year-old’s spokesman, he will continue to fight against his ban, and for his under-threat presidential position, despite being heavily criticised from many footballing bodies; “He said to me yesterday ‘I was elected president by the 209 members of the Congress and no commission can put me out of the game.’ He’s fighting against this suspension.”

Despite him stating that he will continue in his campaign, it must be questioned whether Blatter can handle the stress of being at the head of one of the biggest sporting governing bodies in the world and being constantly in the public eye… clearly the doctors think not. Maybe it’s time for the Swiss man to finally concede his position and spend the rest of life away from the stress of the job.

Liverpool in for Another Striker!

Recent reports suggest that Liverpool are after another striker in the January transfer window.  After signing Christian Benteke for £32.5m from Aston Villa, Danny Ings  from Burnley for an Undisclosed Fee and Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim for £29m, there is an abundance of attacking talent at the club.
However, after being ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, new boss Jürgen Klopp is looking at Sao Paulo loanee Alexandre Pato to help bolster their attack. On loan from Corinthians, the 26-year-old has scored 18 goals in the past 2 seasons; clearly Klopp believes that the ex-A.C. Milan man can do a job for the Anfield club.

Having been linked with clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months, it seems that Liverpool are the front-runners for his signature. Reports state that a deal is already in place (in principle) for the Brazilian to join the club in January. With Corinthians president, Roberto de Andrade supposedly keen for the sale, expect Pato to leave the club in January, or if not, next Summer!