Joey Barton has pleaded guilty to charges brought upon him by the Football Association. This means the Newcastle midfielder will be suspended for three games and will miss out against Fulham, Bolton and Chelsea.
Quotes attributed to Barton on the official website claim full responsibility for the fracas with Morten Gamst Pedersen. It is also likely that Barton will face some form of internal punishment in the form of a fine.
It’s now time to draw a line under the situation and move on. Barton will be a big miss for three games because he’s been in some good form recently, but this is now an opportunity for Routledge or Guthrie to step up and make it difficult for Joey to reclaim his place.