Belfast Telegraph

Barton won't let FA sensor him

Joey Barton has told the Football Association they have no chance of making him censor his outspoken Twitter comments.

QPR captain Barton claimed on Monday the FA had tried to get him to moderate his language on the social networking website but insisted he had no intention of doing so.

The 29-year-old, who held a recent meeting with the English game's governing body, told the Professional Players Federation national conference: "I feel that the FA came to hush me down or make me not have an opinion. If they came to do that, they picked the wrong person, because there's no way I can be like that."

He added: "If I didn't have an opinion, I'd cease to exist."

Barton, who has become one of the biggest football personalities on Twitter, added: "If I was to go out and pass comment and say, 'Everyone join this bondage club', then I think we would have an issue. But I'm going on there to have an extension of me.

"It sounds really bad when you say it because it just makes you think of Nazi Germany but it is a propaganda machine. Social media is a propaganda machine."

Barton entirely lived up to his reputation for brutal honesty on Monday with attacks on Ryan Giggs and John Terry.

Despite sharing a stage with four other speakers, the midfielder completely dominated the discussion, spouting forth views on matters such as the right to privacy, social media, the Royal Family, the London riots, MPs expenses, and the Hillsborough disaster.

But his comments on fellow professionals Giggs and Terry were among the most inflammatory.

The midfielder hit out at Manchester United star Giggs' alleged affair with his own sister-in-law, saying: "The Giggs issue in any walk of life is not right. The behaviour of the man towards another man, towards his brother, it's not right, regardless of the player."


From Belfast Telegraph