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Are The FA Having A Laugh? Rio vs Barton

I am no stranger to starting rants targeted at the FA, for what I find to be increasingly unacceptable behaviour and rulings. They are bloody clueless and seem to delight on really digging the knife in to our club and players.

They have been guilty countless times of punishing one player a certain way, yet when a United player is concerned, they up the ante.

I started to think about this when I read about the latest goings on with Joey Barton. Whilst he’s not best loved, I imagined if a United player had been guilty of the things Barton has, and what a commotion would have been made of it. Can you imagine if Wayne Rooney had gone around beating the crap out of people in the street and his team mate? Stubbing out cigars in youngsters faces and spending time in jail? The paper and FA would not have been able to get enough of it.

Their blatant double standards have been exhibited today in their dealings with Joey Barton.

Joey Barton

Crime: Beating the crap out of his team mate on the training ground. Causing injuries to Dabo’s his eye, nose and lip, with the player being taken to hospital for treatment.

Punishment: Minimum six-match ban. £25,000 fine.

Rio Ferdinand

Crime: Leaving training before taking a drug’s test. Offered to take the drug’s test later that day, but his plea was declined. An independent panel tested him the following day, the results came back as clear, but the FA would not consider this as evidence.

Punishment: 8 month ban. £50,000 fine.

Whilst the papers are reporting Barton has been handed a 12 match ban, it is in fact just 6, with the other 6 suspended until the following season. If he is up in front of the FA panel between now and then, he will have to serve those additional matches. If not, it will remain as a 6 match ban.

To put that in to perspective, Newcastle’s next six matches will see us to October 29th. Essentially, it is a 45 day ban.

In contrast, Rio Ferdinand missed the 16 remaining Premiership games for United, after his last game on January 17th, all of the Euro 2004, and the first 5 games of the following season.

How can you possibly argue that missing a drug’s test means you deserve to miss over FOUR TIMES as many matches as someone who beats the crap out of a team mate? How does that make any sense?

The fact is, it doesn’t make any sense, other than Barton plays for Newcastle United and Rio plays for Manchester United. The FA are a complete joke.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. socamad689908 says:

    Is the message the FA giving out one that says its ok to kick the crap out of teams mates and joe public if your a footballer, but you must not be tardy? or is it just a United thing?

  2. RedDevil says:

    Feckin FA… Why do they hate the best team in their country? It just doesnt make sense..

  3. J says:

    It’s always a rule for us(utd) and then another for everyone else, happens everytime.. Agreed that if rooney did something like that, they would have to make him an example, well they had there chance to make an example out of joey barton, but bottled it “AGAIN”.

  4. B2k says:

    I’ve said it before and i’m gonna say it again-haters of united dont just seem to have enough of us.forza united

  5. peacesofpeace says:

    Its called beef but here in Nigeria we call it ‘bad belle’… it doesn’t make sense at all and it sucks to know that this is the FA we all hold in high esteem.

  6. klauq says:

    FA got so many peanut-sized brained dimwits. They are just plain stupid.
    It’s an open secret that they hate MUFC.

    What’s with the years they take just to decide whether to charge Barton or not?

  7. Jon says:

    Completely agree with this article. for Barton to receive just a six game ban is farcical. the six game suspended sentence only further emphasises how ridiculous the ruling is. This is without even mentioning the massive disparity between the FA’s handling of the Rio Ferdinand case and the Man City player (Cristian Negouai?) who committed the same offence.

  8. united in brum says:

    i think the only way to have dealt with barton would have been to ban him for a season, with the threat that if such a thing were to happen again, he would be permanantly banned from playing pro football. it’s thugs like him who give english football a bad name

  9. art says:

    Consider the cases of Barton and Eric; the former (a serial offender) gets 6 games, the latter got 8 months.

  10. Tevratov (get it?) says:

    Absolutely disgusting, the guy needs to be taken out… a bag….& into the manchester ship canal. I seriously can’t beleive this scumbag is been given yet another chance.

  11. RedBri says:

    Eric Cantona got 8 months after retaliating to provication from a rascist pig. Ferdinand gets 8 months plus massive fine, Negouai got small fine with NO BAN.

    It is obvious that the F.A are massively biased against anything to do with Manchester United, yet when it comes to the England team they EXPECT people treated atrociously and discriminated against because they play for Manchester United, to say “Yes, Thank you Sirs” when the F.A select these players they’ve treated like shit to play for England.

    No wonder England win’s nowt at the moment. F*&^%$g idiots. It is about time the Premier League selected the England team.


  12. suhayl says:

    Tevratov..i do get it lol. Yep you’re spot on mate, how can a convicted criminal, hooligan, thug, racist lout….who beats people up for fun on ad off the pitch…makes dirty challenges week in week out…tries to break peoples legs….been given more chances than probably any crim in history. a person who should have been banned for life years ago. A person who should remain locked up. And this guy gets 6 games…And rio 8 month ban/

    Fucking FA no wonder we hate you…you bastards. Republik of mancunia hates the fuckin FA

  13. RedSarg99 says:

    Didn’t Cantona get a 8 month ban for kicking a fan?

    This is a farce, everyone and their dog knows that Barton should be out for atleast 6 months period.

  14. Kings says:

    Scum fucking bastard cunts

  15. Tango Kool says:

    Supporters should not attend matches if Barton the Thug is selected to play!!

    Vote with your feet, the powers that be will feel this in their fat wallets and then sort the problem judicially.

  16. OTRed says:

    *Gasp*, but according to all the idiot ABU’s(mostly Le Arse fans), we have the FA in our pocket and they do all our bidding…

  17. Arsene wanker says:

    Scott,completely agree,but you forgot to talk about Adrian Mutu ,who received only three months suspension after testing POSITIVE .

  18. soonaiko says:

    The Disciplinary Panel/Commission certainly need to be more consistent in meting out sentences/punishments and should refer to/use previous cases of similar nature as benchmark.
    *Note that in today’s Independent news article (Source:, Chelsea & Serbia defender Slobodan Rajkovic has been suspended from international and club competitions for 12 months by FIFA, for spitting at the referee during a match at the Olympics.

  19. Jeoff says:

    No-one likes you, you don’t care.

  20. Jimmy The Weed says:

    He’s such a nice lad, Joey. Comes from a lovely family. Remember his brother burrying an axe in Anthony Walker’s head for being black. Comes from a long line of f*****g pond-life

  21. Jimmy The Weed says:

    They really should draw up an exhaustive list of possible offences which a player can possible commit and start excercising some consistency. If any member of United’s squad had done what this little sociapath has done, they would never take to the field again. Newcastle have no shame and no honour for playing him.

  22. J says:

    doesn’t get any better :

    Check this out.

    joey fought the law, and the law won…Or has it, prob get away with it.


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