Barton: US ban is hypocrisy
Published 09:49 13/07/11 By MirrorFootball
Joey Barton has attacked his US visa ban as "hypocrisy" - after first indicating he could understand why the country would not let him in for Newcastle's pre-season tour.
Writing on Twitter, Barton first confirmed: "Visa story is correct, they told me am not allowed in until I have 5yrs without any trouble. 3yrs down, 2yrs to go".
But minutes later he added: "Totally hypocrisy considering what they get up to but rules are rules".
That appeared to be in contrast to a mature statement released by the player earlier, in which he wrote: "I regret not being able to travel with the club on this trip, but at the same time, I don't expect to be treated any differently or more favourably than anyone else in a similar situation.
"All I can do is continue to improve as a person, which is what I intend to do."