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Leave It Out Kev, It Was Never A Red

Kevin Keegan claims Sami Nasri should have been red carded after the Frenchman 'Sliced' down goody two-shoes Joey Barton.

Nasri tripped Barton after taking exception to a particularly strong tackle (albeit fair) in the last minute of a game already won in an area of the pitch not dangerous to anyone.

I don't actually think it was the tackle that got everyone's goat, more the smarmy look on Barton's face.

'King Kev' said, "I wasn't happy with it,"

"Joey came on, got a good tackle in on Nasri and then the guy sliced him down. That's what happened and that's what I was upset about.'

"I like Nasri very much - he's a player we looked at for a possible signing last year - but you can't do things like that. If it had been the other way round, and a Newcastle player had done that, I wonder what the reaction would be.

"I know the referee didn't see it but the linesman did and it should have been a red card.'

"I will tell Arsene Wenger the same thing when I see him and I told Nasri that at the end as well. The fact is that Joey has done nothing wrong."

Keegan is one of the more well intentioned managers in the game today, but he's only kidding himself if he believes it was a red card offence, at the same time failing to mention the studs van Persie got raked down his leg.

Nasri probably shouldn't have done what he did, but it was a booking offence, which he was booked for, at the same time lifting him up to legendary status amongst many neutral fans as well as Arsenal!




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2008

Time: 1:33PM

Your Comments

I'm not usually given to quoting arseblog but credit where it's due he got the response to Keegans strop entirely right "I suppose if you'll pick someone like scumbag convict in your team then your sense of right and wrong is a little skewed anyway."
Amos.
Barton would have been much better served keeping his head down and getting on with his game. The second he came on he was full of smarmy grins and gestures. Luckily, he has an F.A. hearing on Friday and won't feature again for a while. Very telling that none of his team mates shook his hand at the end. It reminded me a bit of a game I went to last season between Millwall and Oldham, Lee Hughes scored a hat trick and celebrated his goals by imitating a drunken dance, which when you've killed somebody drink driving is a tad insensitive. It's also not a good thing to do at the Den, he had to be pulled off the pitch by the police and substituted for his own safety.
Little Dutch
I though Barton's tackle on Nasri was a dangerous. If you see the video you can see nasri pulli that the last second with his leg bent in awkward way. Barton is a scumbag who should be thrown out of the league and i don't know what Keegan was trying to prove.
Gael-Force
Spurs behind again. Where is the pre-season topscorer gone? (£16m Darren Bent with 13 goals in 9 preseason matches is nowhere to be seen). They really are a club of jokers. but we knew that already. 123spurs and his crew are strangely absent from VA these days.
Gael-Force
if i was a ref, i would red card joey barton as soon as he came on, or if he started as soon as he touch the ball, and if they ask me why...well simple..cus hes a criminal scum who taints the name of football
gooner_till_i_die
"The fact is that Joey has done nothing wrong." - Hey "King Kev", did it ever cross your mind that the very wrong thing was to even be on a football pitch as a pro, oh, and who decided to send him on again?!
Lou the Gunneress
And am I the only one to fail to understand why he was sent on in the last few minutes in the first place? I can only think of 2 valid reasons for that: 1. to give the criminal a taste of the consequences of his crimes by exposing him to the boos and humiliation? 2. to see how he reacts to his "second chance" (or third or fourth or 20th)?!? What would 5 mins on the pitch do for you Kev?!
Lou the Gunneress
When he came on the pitch, to be honest I was scared that he would injure someone. You know how when Arsenal were soundly beating Sunderland and that Danny smith or williams? Hacked out Diaby, yeah that is what I was worried about. I have no respect for urgh I forgot his name the guy who purchased him and lost respect for Keegan in putting him on the field. The thug should be banned from football.
Gunners
lol, well, joey barton's tackle on nasri is legal assuming that joey barton is a convict.. its just a trip. come on kev, i used to like him. its a trip with the intention solely to embaress the poor gangster. compared to joey's freight train attack!
korodon
Kevin Keegan has not done his own reputation much good as nearly everyone inand around football can't understand how barton is still playing in the EPL, it would be interesting to know what the barcodes fans really think of the barton situation?!
hackneyval
Oh and that bit "I like Nasri - he’s a player we looked at for a possible signing." Goodplaya said, "I suspect many Goodplaya readers have also looked at J Lo as a possible girlfriend." Rather Angelina Jolie I say. Otherwise the sentiment is spot on.
Lou the Gunneress
am i the only one who thinks that nasri didnt intentionally trip barton ? he was looking towards the ball and there was barely any contact. also if you look at nasris standing leg he was very lucky to escape without any injury from bartons 'tackle'.
u-man
hopefully that scumbag will wear to wear the uniform that resembles the Newcastle jersey. he belongs to jail.
fcdematthew
Keegan is going way over the top with his reaction, probably to deflect attention from what was a very poor performance from newcastle. Only Jonas and Given looked like they wanted to compete.
prits
Well done to Gael and Silvestre too - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article4649029.ece
Lou the Gunneress
Keegan is overreacting with giving Nasri a Red card for the trip on Barton. Last season when we were playing against Man City, didn't Elano tripped Adebayor when we were on the counter and got a yellow card. You don't see us yelling for red card back then. Speaking of Barton, what on Earth does he bring to Newcastle? Is he a defensive midfielder or playmaker? Surely, the barcodes can find someone better to replace him.
BMF
Loved the way Clichy nutmegged Barton, you could actually see it coming lol. And I dont get how people are saying Barton's challenge was a good one, he could have broken Nasri's leg, but people like Keegan focus on a harmless trip.
ian7
 

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