Newcastle United stand-in manager Alan Shearer is set to fine Joey Barton after the combative midfielder was sent off in the club’s 3 – 0 defeat away to Liverpool.
Barton’s two-footed challenge on Xabi Alonso earned him a straight red card and did nothing to lighten Shearer’s mood with his team still in deep relegation trouble with just 3 matches left to save themselves.
It was Barton’s first game since late January but he’ll now miss the rest of the season.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Shearer said:
I wasn’t happy. I was bitterly disappointed at the way that happened.
I asked him to stay calm in the heat of the battle but it was a stupid tackle and he deserved to be sent off.
It’s about 90 minutes, not about 75 or 80 minutes. It’s about keeping calm for 90.
I think it would be wrong to discuss his future now but I’m not very happy.
This game wasn’t going to save our season today but the next two will.