QPR boss Neil Warnock lets rip, and could be hit with an FA charge
Rangers manager’s comments over failed Joey Barton appeal are being reviewed by the Football Association
Neil Warnock could be hit with an FA charge after his furious reaction to the news that Joey Barton’s red card against Norwich City will not be rescinded.
QPR captain Barton was sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick in the first half of their 2-1 defeat to Norwich City on Monday after clashing with Bradley Johnson.
Rangers appealed but an FA disciplinary panel upheld the decision, meaning that Barton’s three-game suspension remains in place.
QPR manager Warnock reacted with disbelief, and could now also be in hot water with the authorities after some strongly-worded accusations.
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“I didn’t really feel we were going to get off, but we felt as a club and because of the circumstances, with people like [former referees] Dermot Gallagher and Graham Poll saying what they did about it, that we should appeal.
“It is difficult to accept. When you see what [Fulham’s Clint] Dempsey did [when he elbowed Manchester United’s Phil Jones on December 21], it’s farcical for me.
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“I feel really let down as a manager and as a club that three invisible people can look at that incident and not look at the linesman and wonder why if he did see what he says he saw, why he didn’t flag for it.
“When you get people like Graham Poll, not my biggest fan, supporting what I am saying and then you get the three people on the commission going against it, I think it’s scandalous.
“But I am not surprised by it. Frank Lampard commits a horrendous challenge [against Wolves on Monday] and Peter Walton gives him a yellow card? If that had been Barton or Karl Henry or any Tom, Dick or Harry would that have been a red or yellow card? They would have been lynching them.
“At the moment I just don’t see where the disciplinary commission are going. Mick McCarthy’s had a lad [Nenad Milijas] sent off a couple of weeks ago, the red card he received [against Arsenal], in comparison with that Lampard challenge, is like taking a baby for a walk. It’s ridiculous.
“I thought Ashley Cole should have got booked twice in the Chelsea game too. If it was one of my players he would have been. And then in the last minute Cole crosses and Lampard scores the winner, you can’t rub it in more than that really can you? It’s hard for managers when you are down at the bottom, you do look at those things and you do feel a bit hard done by.
“They [officials] get influenced don’t they? [Norwich City’s] Grant Holt was in the linesman’s ear straight away after before he’s even flagged, telling him what to do. Ironically once the red card is shown you see Holt saying ‘don’t send him off’. I loved that.
“You can’t tell me that by the laws of the game, another violent conduct offence that a linesman has seen that he has not flagged immediately for. I don’t think there’s been one and I don’t think there’ll ever be another one.
“There’s not even a report from the linesman who has seen this alleged incident that goes to the commission. All there is is two lines from the referee saying his linesman told him that he [Barton] put his head forward. It’s absolutely farcical, I’m so disgusted in it.”
Warnock continued by saying that he feels certain players are more likely to be sent off, and that big-name stars have a better chance of getting away with transgressions, as England star Lampard appeared to do for his tackle on Wolves’ Adam Hammill in his side’s 2-1 win at Molineux.
“If you saw the Wolves one, the Lampard tackle. Let’s be fair, I like Frank Lampard and he will have been disappointed himself in that tackle, but he knew what he’d done straight away. He said sorry, picked the player up and it’s Frank Lampard, it’s not as if it’s Joey Barton looking at you as a referee.
“There might be something in your mind, saying, it might not be as bad as I first saw it, because he’s not used to doing things like that. But if it’s [Karl] Henry or Barton or the easy targets then it will be as bad as they thought and there is no hesitation.”
Warnock’s main complaint, however, was against the FA’s disciplinary commission, a panel he believes needs an overhaul in comments that will be looked at by the FA on Friday.
“Lack of consistency is the big problem – it’s alright having a three-man commission, but that commission should sit all season, it shouldn’t be three different people to see every one.
“I just think the same people should sit on the commission, and it’s not got to be football administrators, it’s got to be people that know the game.”