Barton witch-hunt is getting tiresome for United fans
The more Joey Barton goes on putting in quality performances in a black and white shirt and gaining England recognition, the more it will upset the knockers of the Scouser and the haters of Newcastle United.
For the thinking fan, Barton has done more than just put in a string of quality performances so far this season.
He's also kept his head under intense provocation which would lead to weaker human beings breaking down in tears.
We know fine well Barton has not been an angel in the past, but how long do some people want to hit him over the head with the bad boy stick?
At Wolves this season we witnessed Barton being the target of both brutal fouls and intimidation to the point that he actually needed smelling salts to come back round.
Was anybody sent off? No.
Did the FA review any videos due to some serious foul play or write any letters reminding Karl Henry of his "responsibilities", the answer is again an emphatic, no.
For Barton he has the tread the fineline between performing well for his club and keeping that cool head.
The incident with Fernando Torres and subsequent reaction wasn't great.
But Torres' reaction to the incident was nothing short of pathetic either - especially as he and his own team-mates were attempting to wind up Barton for the entire game.
If Torres can't take it, then he shouldn't dish it out and maybe he should spend more time focusing on scoring goals or dying his hair back the way it was, because frankly he's been crap ever since.
If the FA are going to be big on gestures and swearing by players, then I suggest they review every single game in the Premier League and Football League and dish out the same type of punishment.
Certainly, had letters been sent out "reminding players of their responsibilities" then some poor soul at the FA would have writer's cramp and if they had suspended Barton for it then if we are in the interests of being fair, then 50% of the 92 clubs in the top four divisions in this country would be in the sin bin.
Anybody who has played the game knows that players get involved in "sledging" during matches at every level.
But Barton is an easy target because of some of his unacceptable behaviour in the past and when he was younger.
And why else is Barton an easy target for our friends in the south?
Oh yes, he wears a black and white shirt.
To the perfect branch of society, Barton will never be forgiven for those who think they are the brain of Britain merely by taking the moral high ground.
There are plenty of bar-room judges who have an opinion on Barton.
For some people though they can't seem to grasp that there will always be reformed characters in life that regret their past actions and try to make amends.
Certainly we experienced some of that this week when Joey Barton did his bit for local hospitals and dished out presents to light up people's Christmas.
I mentioned on a previous blog about Barton that the Huyton lad to the masses is classed as a working class hero and I fully stick by that even if it upset some of the so called upper echelons of both society and certain members of the north-east press pack.
To Barton it was water off a duck's back.
And having survived the Morten Gamst Pedersen affair, he came out and stuck two fingers up to his critics.
By putting in an England class performance against Liverpool and scoring a goal that arguably won the game, Barton responded in the best possible way.
And if he keeps up his superb form then you won't find one member of the Toon Army that travels down to Birmingham complaining.