Monday, May 4, 2009

Abby Wambach Likes Joey Barton's Style

This man is a muppet. Seriously, what is with the hair?

Joey Barton is, shall we say, rambunctious both on and off the pitch. He is generally considered to be one of, if not the, largest douchebags and classless players in the EPL (suck it, Barclay's! see, we're classy too). Amazingly, however, he has only been sent off 4 times in his entire career. How is that even possible? After the jump, his latest shenanigans, and why Abby Wambach loves him.

Already down 2-0, in the 77th minute of the match, with Xabi Alonso stuck on the endline, Joey Barton decided to come in up with both studs up for a tackle (skip to the 7:15 mark in the video).

Not surprisingly, gaffer Alan Shearer, already under fire for (likely) being unable to save Newcastle from relegation, was not happy with little Joey's antics and has fined him £120,000.
'The referee was spot on showing him a straight red card, and I agree with the decision completely. We will be without Joey for the rest of the season now and I’m not happy at all.'
Apparently, Abby Wambach had been watching the Liverpool-Newcastle tilt, because she thought Joey Barton had a great idea. Immediately after the restart (her club, the Washington Freedom, had just scored their 2nd goal) Wambach came crashing into Saint Louis Athletica forward Daniela, who already had 2 goals in the match (skip to the 2:00 mark in the video for the tackle).

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Wambach claimed that she slipped just as she went in for the tackle, but considering that Daniela was abusing her club one has to wonder. Considering that Wambach missed the 2008 Olympics due to her own broken leg, you would think she would be a little more cautious. Her fellow US National Team players weren't so sure that she slipped either, with both Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny (who obviously both play for the Athletica) questioning her decision to come into the tackle studs-up. That's gonna be awkward in training!


ü75 said...

Mmm. Hope Solo.

Looking at the yootubes earlier, Wambach had some wild and wooly tackles in the last World Cup. Can't quite say it's her style, but this isn't a lone incident.

Mosher said...

To this day I still don't know why we bought the useless bastard. He's a liability and a complete dick on top of it.

£120,000 is likely two weeks' wages or thereabouts, yet we've missed him for far more than that. Even if he was any bloody good (which he isn't), it's still not even a refund on the time on the pitch we're paying him for which he can't give us.