Date: 31st July 2008 at 6:39pm
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Having seen Joey Barton now charged by the FA in relation to the whole Dabo affair the club have reacted by issuing a statement countering this:

“The club has sought clarification from the Football Association as to why this decision has been reached now, given the incident occurred nearly 15 months ago. Joey will be requesting a personal hearing in relation to the charge and the club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.’

Looking back at past affairs it seems that John Hartson ended up with a fine and a three match ban when he laced Eyal Berkovic on the training ground. Expect a compromise between that and the eight match Thatcher-Mendes ban.