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Joey Barton reveals why he ended up in jail when at Newcastle

6 years ago

Joey Barton has revealed why he ended up in jail whilst at Newcastle United.

The then United midfielder was jailed for assault and as a result of being sent down and then injury problems, only started six matches in Newcastle’s disastrous relegation season of 2008/09.

However, Joey Barton has now given an in-depth interview to The Mirror, explaining the problems he faced growing up and then how his issues manifested themselves as his football career moved on.

When the now QPR player was only a child, one of Barton’s uncles was murdered, then later his brother was part of a gang who carried out a murder and is now in jail serving his sentence.

The former Newcastle player talking of what happened while at Newcastle, saying that he was angry at the world and at that time believed it ‘owed him’.

Joey Barton on life as a kid;

“I come from a very violent background and where I grew up, fathers would bet on whose kids were the toughest, we were put together in the garden, it was almost like illegal boxing fights.

“I am embarrassed by it but that is what we did, we were rough and ready kids. Football gave me discipline, structure and a meaning in life – it gave me a way out.”

Ending up in jail;

“I ended up in jail when I was 25 because, basically, I was that angry at the world. I thought the world owed me something. The only discipline I had in my life was from sport.

“You want to think you are different but I was no different. I felt for them (mates he grew up with) a pity because they never had a choice, they never had any other way out.”

Careers advice;

“At school, my careers adviser asked, ‘What do you want to be?’

“When I said, ‘A footballer’, she started laughing at me, “I would love to meet her now and laugh in her face.”


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