Now that's not a headline I ever anticipated writing! However, the footballing thug named after a budgie was honest, contrite and persuasive when he appeared on 606 tonight. Very few footballers would have put themselves on the line like this and hardly any would have been willing to field vitriol from angry fans. But Barton was man enough to do it and sounded surprisingly intelligent in the process.
Unlike Wenger, Barton was happy to admit to a mistake when calling Gervinho a cheat for diving. Joey accepted that there was contact in the box and so there was a case - though a weak one in his opinion - for a penalty.
Full marks to the bastard at the back of the class. He is a shit undoubtedly but not a thick shit. A bastard with a brain, the most dangerous bastard on the block!