Joey Barton ‘will NOT face FA sanction for comparing Bristol Rovers’ poor performance against Newport County to the Holocaust as it does not violate English football board rules’
- Joey Barton compared his team’s poor performance at the weekend to the Holocaust
- Barton’s Bristol Rovers were defeated 3-1 by Newport County over the weekend
- The 39-year-old has been criticized by certain sections of the Jewish community.
- Neither Barton nor Bristol Rovers have commented or apologized for the term.
Joey Barton will not face a fine or ban when comparing the Bristol Rovers’ poor performance against Newport County on Saturday to the Holocaust, according to reports.
Barton’s Rovers trailed 3-1 over the weekend to make three games without a win, with former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder missing defenders Cian Harries and Trevor Clarke for the match due to red cards the previous week. .
The manager has refused to apologize for his comments, despite provoking outrage from the National Holocaust Center and Museum and the Jewish Labor Movement for his choice of words.
Joey Barton will not face an FA penalty for comparing Bristol Rovers’ defense to the Holocaust over the weekend.
Barton used the term in a postgame interview after the Rovers lost 3-1 to Newport County.
And according to the Telegraph, the Football Association – after investigating the case – will not issue a sanction to Barton as the comment does not violate its rules.
The 39-year-old made the comment in an interview with Rovers’ official media channel, and the League Two club posted an edited version of the interview after the original video appeared to have been removed.
Barton said in his post-game interview, “I told the guys during the week,” The team is almost like musical chairs. “Someone comes in and does it right, but then they get suspended or injured.
“Someone enters a game, they do it well, but then they have a Holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster.”
Barton has not apologized for using the term and the Bristol Rovers have not commented on it.
National Holocaust Center and Museum trustee Dame Helen Hyde criticized Barton for the comments, claiming the 39-year-old needs to be educated on the subject of the Holocaust and the meaning of the word.
“I do not believe that Mr. Barton knows what the word means and he is certainly not aware of the enormous sadness and offense it has caused,” he said. “May I suggest that you be encouraged to learn of these tragic events?”
Meanwhile, the Bristol Holocaust Memorial Day Steering Group added: ‘Comparing the poor performance of a player or team to a Holocaust shows a lack of understanding of the true barbarism, torture and evil that was inflicted on vulnerable groups in the society.
“As one of two professional soccer clubs representing the city, it is unfortunate that neither the soccer club nor coach Joey Barton have issued an unequivocal apology.”
The 39-year-old former footballer (above) has been urged to resign over the comments.
Bristol City Councilman Fabian Breckels described Barton’s reference as “gruesome” and asked the Rovers boss to “consider his future” as a coach.
It is not the first time that a reference to the Holocaust has been made when describing the poor performance of a football team in England.
In November 2012, Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws apologized after stating that his team’s defense in the 4-0 loss to Doncaster was “as bad as the Holocaust.”
The Holocaust administered by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany saw around 6 million Jews killed during World War II, around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population, between 1941 and 1945.