Barton got sent off again this weekend…
QPR first team coach will discuss the possibility of anger management treatment with captain Joey Barton as he was sent off this weekend, during the team’s important away game at Hull.
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For Joey Barton, this is not new territory, having accrued seven consecutive yellow cards and eight career red cards previous to this. He rushed to the defence of young defender Darnell Furlong following a foul and during a coming together, appeared to punch Tom Huddlestone below the waist.
The QPR man immediately apologised after the match, “I have apologised to everyone and come out and fronted up. I have always been one, when I have made mistakes, to hold my hands up and say I have made a mistake.
“I can’t see the FA rescinding it. I have gone there to protect a young kid who was making his debut and I have stupidly reacted and touched Tom up. It’s a very stupid reaction from me.
“But if the boot was on the other foot, I wouldn’t be screaming for a 19-year-old kid from Hull to be sent off. What did Alex Bruce run? He’s run 40 yards to not only get in the ref’s face and scream for a red card but he barged me in the process.
“I have let the team down. We had a big following and the lads held on until the 88th minute and did a sterling job.
“People will criticise me and lambast me from pillar to post and I have to accept that. As one of the tallest trees, you catch the most wind. I won’t shy away from it. It would have been easy for me to put my head down and say I’m not speaking but I’m a man of substance and a man of principle.”
During the game, Hull took the lead as Nikica Jelavic made Steven Caulker pay for his weak header with a crisp volley, though, one time Hull transfer target, Charlie Austin equalised six minutes before half-time.
The Hoops defended stoutly up until the 89th minute when just after Rob Green pulled off a world class save from Dame N’Doye, the ball came back into the box and N’Doye struck to win it for the Tigers.
The result puts the Tigers in 15th place in the league, while QPR sit precariously above the relegation zone in 17th, on goal difference.