Joey Barton could find himself in trouble with the Football Association afterÃ‚Â he appeared to punch the Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park last night.
Barton lashed out at Pedersen with a blow to his ribs that knocked the Norway international to the ground.
The FA have now received the referee Michael Jones’s report, and a statement is expected later today. They could choose to take retrospective action against the player, most likely in the form of a three-game ban.
The Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce opted not to give his thoughts on the matter after the game, instead leaving the FA to deal with it. “I’m not really going to talk about that because I don’t want to detract from our victory,” he said. “Whoever will see it will see it and do whatever needs to be done.”
Pedersen offered a similar view, saying: “You saw the pictures. I don’t want to speak much about it now.”
However, Blackburn’s assistant manager Neil McDonald was less coy, saying: “It’s obviously foolish and it’s the wrong thing to do, but no doubt the powers that be will sort that out. “The pictures are there, it wasn’t provoked and I’m sure they will make the right decision about what to do.”
When it was suggested to him that the contact Barton made with Pedersen was a “full-blooded punch”, McDonald said: “Yes it was, and it was unprovoked as well, which probably makes it worse.”