Joey Barton: 'Footballers would have been executed'

Barton: 'Footballers would have been executed'
© PA Photos
Joey Barton claims that "public executions" would be held if the England football team ever acted in similar way to their rugby union counterparts.

Joey Barton has claimed that "public executions" would be held if the England football team ever acted in similar way to their rugby union counterparts at the World Cup.

Numerous members of Martin Johnson's squad were fined or warned about their future conduct during their spell in New Zealand.

Queens Park Rangers captain Barton believes that the whole country's reaction would have been much harsher had it been footballers committing those acts.

"If that was an England football team at a World Cup, there would probably have been public executions when they got home," he told a Professional Players Federation national conference.

"The minute a footballer steps out of line, I think the media in this country, because of the sums of money they earn and also because of the stigma attached, are really quick to jump on it."

Barton has made one appearance for England during his career.

You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City98103242825
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd96212241820
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs96211961320
4Chelsea95131710716
5Arsenal95131712516
6Watford94321517-215
7Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9423108214
8Burnley934289-113
9Liverpool93421416-213
10Southampton933389-112
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9333710-312
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9324910-111
13West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9243710-310
14Leicester CityLeicester92341214-29
15Swansea CitySwansea9225610-48
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham9225817-98
17Stoke CityStoke92251020-108
18Everton9225718-118
19Bournemouth9216613-77
20Crystal Palace9108219-173