Barton’s septic reputation, and the likeability lesson it teaches.

Football is full of acutely dislikeable gents. There are biters, adulterers, racists, sexists, homophobes, thugs, cheats and rapists. Joey Barton, modestly talented a footballer that he is, couldn’t truthfully be placed in any of the above categories (well, thug maybe). No, his recent crimes are mostly social in nature, a litany of obnoxious annoyances rather […]