Warnock critical of Commission

R's boss hits out after Barton loses appeal for wrong dismissal

Neil Warnock: Does not pull any punches after Joey Barton's appeal is dismissed

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QPR manager Neil Warnock has launched a scathing attack after an Independent Regulatory Commission dismissed Joey Barton's claim of wrongful dismissal.

Barton was given a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick in Monday's 2-1 home defeat by Norwich when the Rs were leading through the ex-Newcastle midfielder's goal.

The officials deemed Barton to have head-butted Bradley Johnson at Loftus Road, however, replays indicated little movement of the head after he confronted the Norwich man.

Warnock was fuming at the time and his fury failed to be dampened after the club's appeal against the sending off was dismissed, leaving the midfielder to see out a three-match ban.

Rangers' boss did not see Clint Dempsey sent from the field of play for a similar offence against Liverpool's Craig Bellamy while he was surprised Frank Lampard was booked for his challenge on Adam Hammill when Wolves' Nenad Milijas was ordered off against Arsenal.


"Am I surprised that Frank Lampard commits and horrendous challenge and Peter Walton gives him a yellow card? If that would have been Joey Barton, Karl Henry or any Tom, Dick and Harry would that have been a yellow or red card?"

Neil Warnock

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"I'm not surprised by it. It is difficult to accept when you see what Dempsey did in comparison with Joey Barton, it's farcical isn't it," commented Warnock. "For me, I think this is the worst case I've ever seen.

"Whenever you see something happen on the field of play that warrants a red card, if the linesman sees that offence every time that linesman stands still and flags and flags and flags until the referee goes towards him, tells him what he's seen and the lad's sent off.

"This linesman carried on and on and on and would not have stopped if Joey Barton had got the ball, gone past a few people and whacked it in the far post. We would have been 2-0 up.

"I find it absolutely impossible. I know they've got to look after themselves. I feel really let down as a manager, as a club that three invisible people can look at that incident and not look at the linesman and take into consideration. If he did see what he saw why did he not flag immediately and keep his flag up?

"When you get people like Graham Poll, not my biggest fan, supporting what I'm saying and people like Dermot Gallagher and the three people on the commission go against that, I just think it's scandalous.

"But I'm not surprised. Am I surprised that Frank Lampard commits an horrendous challenge and Peter Walton gives him a yellow card? If that would have been Joey Barton, Karl Henry or any Tom, Dick and Harry would that have been a yellow or red card? They would have been lynching them.


"At the moment I don't see where the disciplinary commission are going. Mick McCarthy a couple of weeks ago the red card (Milijas) received in comparison with Lampard is like taking the baby for a walk. Ridiculous.

"I just think (referees) get influenced. If you look at Grant Holt immediately after he is in the linesman's ear straight away, before he's flagged telling him what to do. Ironically enough once the red card is shown you see Holt saying "No you can't send him off!". I think that's fantastic.

"If they are influenced then they are influenced, but I just think by the laws of the game you can't tell me another violent conduct offence that a linesman has seen where he's not flagged immediately. I don't think there's ever been one. I don't think there will ever be one.

"There's not even a report from the linesman who's seen this alleged offence that goes into the commission. All there is are two lines from the referee saying his linesman told him he put his head forward. It's just absolutely farcical I think. I'm so disgusted by it."