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In an amazing outburst unlikely to endear Ben Afra with his Newcastle United colleagues, the French Midfielder has called for tighter controls on footballs violent players. Afra has been out with a double leg break and insists that violent players should be held to account. A point that ex jail-bird Joey Barton would rather not be pressed. After numerous violent on field incidents, not to mention the plethora of off field incidents, Barton is no stranger to pointing fingers. The fact that Ben Afra feels that this type of player should be sanction will be roundly applauded by football fans everywhere, although one cant help feel that the footballing fans North of the Tyne wont be clapping. They regularly condone or justify Barton's actions on message boards, with even one of the local rags hacks blaming "provocation" for Barton's last punch on his blog.
Sunderland fans remember Barton's "assault/tackle" on Dickson Ethu which didn't even merit a word from the ref.
Barton however isnt the only one, who can forget Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer? Shearer leading with the elbow was abhorrent to most of the footballing world. Perhaps Ben Afra still thinks he is playing in France. But such protestations coming from SportsDirect@StJamesPark.com so have a hollow ring with the Premier leagues established clubs.
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