Footballers are remarkably petulant, spoilt, egregious individuals. They complain instantly at even the slightest hint of perceived injustice, yet they are quite happy to commit acts of sometimes shocking indiscipline. Naturally, some players attain reputations as “bad boys”. Duncan Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona, Robbie Savage and Joey Barton are just a handful of notorious names from the Premier League era. Similarly, some players are, on a football field at least, “whiter than white”. Most notable of these shining examples are Michael Owen, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.
Rangers captain Joey Barton discussed his sending off at length on social networking site, Twitter.
The last is not seen as a dirty player, and thus it was certainly notable that his extremely ill-timed and reckless challenge on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adam Hamill received just a yellow card. Particularly in light of Vincent Kompany’s dismissal against Manchester United in today’s FA Cup encounter, Lampard’s “exoneration” appears to coincide even less with the rules of the game than it did at the time. Queens Park Rangers’ Barton, meanwhile, was shown the red card by Neil Swarbrick during a home clash with Norwich City, after squaring up with Canaries midfielder Bradley Johnson.