"It's disgraceful!" Barton condemns Baines challengeEverton manager Joey Barton talked to the press in a post-match conference after his side's surprising 2-1 overcoming of Arsenal at Goodison Park.
It is known that former Evertonian Leighton Baines had injured Everton winger Magaye Gueye during the match, and the Frenchman, who had just been called up to the France U21 squad for the U21 Euro Qualifying matches, was carried off by Everton physios.
When asked how long he thought Gueye would be out for, Barton said, "it's damning. Magaye will be out for at least five or six months. It's a blow as he's been playing well recently and it's even tougher for him. But he is determined not to let this get him down and he will return a stronger person come April."
Barton reacted strongly when asked what he thought of Baines' challenge.
"It's a disgrace," Barton said angrily. "I would emulate what Drogba said after that Champions' League match against Barcelona a few years ago, but I'm not going to get myself into trouble. Leighton should have been sent off, or at least a yellow card, but no, the ref let him off just like that. He got a proper yellow card thirty minutes later, but by that time he should have been sent off.
"The Arsenal players could have already seen that Magaye was playing with an injury. Leighton added salt to the wound. Even if Magaye had not been playing with an injury I would have said the same. That tackle is a disgrace and there's no place for those in modern football."