Aside from recent visa troubles over old jail stays, Joey Barton has transformed himself from violent thug into a Twitter-happy, Smiths-obsessed hipster stereotype in the eyes of just about everyone. Except Fabio Capello.
Coming off an exceptional season with the club now looking to move him for nothing after he publicly disparaged them on Twitter, Capello seems to still have hangups about Barton's temper.
From the Guardian:
"He is a good player but he is a dangerous player because sometimes you could end up playing 10 v 11. He might get sent off," Capello said.
When it was put to the Italian that Barton's "head might go", the answer was firm, before a further explanation as to why he could not be considered this week. "Yes," Capello said. "But this is not a good moment to decide something about him. When a player is fighting with his club, it is normal to stay outside. The relationship between a club and a player is really important."
Of all the things to hold against Joey Barton, the possibility of him getting sent off is sort of an odd reason not to call him up. He hasn't been shown a red card since he took out Xabi Alonso in 2009. Maybe Fabio just thought that would sound better than saying "I really don't want someone who uses a picture Che Guevara as his Twitter avatar and incessantly spouts famous quotes on my team."