No justice for Joey
At best Joey Barton can consider himself mightily unfortunate to be left out of the England squad for the game with Denmark this week - at worst he could feel victimised once again by the FA.
Fabio Capello is not a man of his word.
Unless he's changed his stance, the Italian should at least explain why he didn't select Barton after vowing to pick player's in form.
I guess Newcastle is too far north for him or too cold.
Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young are all considered in better form than Barton.
Which only brings me to the conclusion that Barton is being punished for previous crimes.
Just remind me when Gerrard and Lampard ever played well together for England.
Scott Parker runs his socks of West Ham and is having a fine season but Barton would have given England the lift they needed.
I can understand Walcott and Wilshere coming through the ranks.
But Milner is a great player for the FA because he's squeaky clean, never speaks out of turn and is generally seen as a role model.
He couldn't cross a ball at Newcastle, and you have to wonder what football is coming to when you look at the price tag on his shoulders.
Do I really need to question Barry, Young and Downing's inclusion?
Or is not obvious that Barton has been miles better than all three?
I was at Wembley for the last England game to witness Andy Carroll's big moment but was shocked at how crap the Three Lions have actually became.
The World Cup was a big enough car crash but against a team in disarray England were all over the shop.
I always suspected that Capello would bottle it.
But if there's any good come out of his non-selection, then it's that he's fit and ready to play against Blackburn on Saturday.
England have a record of sending Newcastle players back crocked and Michael Owen and Steven Taylor know all about that.
Getting back to Barton though, it was interesting to hear the views of Glenn Roeder the other week who said: "How long does somebody go on getting punished?"
It's a good question.
If the FA need to look at a video of Barton, they could look at the Arsenal game on Saturday when the Scouser ran the show.
He was one of the main reasons why Newcastle done so well.
Barton has made plenty of mistakes in his life but if we now live in a society where you get punished for doing wrong in rollover fashion but then don't get credit you deserve when it is due, you really have to wonder what the world is coming to.
Good luck to Capello and England because boy you're going to need it.