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Referee to review Joey Barton 'punch' on Pedersen

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Pedersen coy on Barton incident

Referee Michael Jones is to look at a video replay of the incident where Joey Barton appeared to punch Morten Gamst Pedersen on Wednesday night.

Jones did not punish the 28-year-old midfielder at the time, as he did not see the incident during Newcastle's 2-1 home defeat by Blackburn.

But if Jones now decides he would have sent him off for violent conduct had he seen it, Barton will be punished.

If guilty, he faces a three-game ban from the Football Association.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said he missed the incident in which Barton - who has one international cap for England - thrust his hand into Pedersen's chest during a break in play in the second half, after which the Norwegian winger fell to the ground.

Pedersen himself said: "You've seen the pictures, it's up to the FA to act, not me."

606: DEBATE

After the match, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce refused to talk about the matter because he did not want it to "detract from our victory".

"Whoever will see it will see it and do whatever needs to be done," he added.

BBC Sport football pundit Lee Dixon said on Wednesday's Match of the Day: "Barton is a very lucky boy. There is a clash of shoulders beforehand but that is the reaction of an angry man.

"It is really out of order. He said it was a slap. But if that is a slap, I'd hate to see what a punch was."

On Thursday, Blackburn assistant manager Neil McDonald condemned what he felt was an unprovoked attack on Pedersen.

"It's obviously foolish and it's the wrong thing to do, but no doubt the powers that be will sort that out," he said.

"The pictures are there, and I'm sure they will make the right decision about what to do."

When it was suggested to him that the contact Barton made with Pedersen was a 'full-blooded punch', McDonald added: "Yes it was, and it was unprovoked as well, which probably makes it worse."

Pedersen had given Blackburn the lead after only three minutes at St James' Park, and although Andy Caroll levelled for the hosts, Jason Roberts hit an 82nd-minute winner as Rovers ended Newcastle's run of three consecutive league wins.

"We had to stop a very aggressive frontline, taking into account the form they've been in," said Allardyce, a former Newcastle manager.

"We wanted to shape up differently. They didn't think we'd go with a back three, and the way we started took them by surprise.

"We caught Newcastle a little cold. They expected us to sit off."

Roberts's winner was his second goal in as many games, as the striker put forward a good case for a new contract at Ewood Park.

"Jason can always determine his own future - he's in control of it," added Allardyce.

"If he keeps playing like he has been and if he earns a contract here as a result then great. If it's somewhere else then that's great for him too."

Hughton sees positives in defeat

Allardyce also said he was delighted to have come back to St James' Park and won, having been sacked by Magpies owner Mike Ashley in 2008 after seven months in charge.

"For me it's coming back to where you've been and showing them you're good at what you do. I've come back here and got a fabulous win," he said.

Despite the defeat Newcastle boss Hughton praised his side's recent efforts, which mean they are still fifth in the Premier League table, but blamed two mistakes for costing them dear on Wednesday night.

"I can't be too hard on this group of lads - it's the end of a very good run for us," said Hughton.

"The fact Blackburn played five at the back did surprise me. They defended very, very well.

"They didn't have many opportunities in the second half but we added to our own downfall."

Carroll's goal was his seventh in the Premier League this season and he is tipped to win his first England cap against France next week.

"Andy has been terrific all season. He can't have done anything more than he has done," added Hughton.



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see also
Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn
10 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Wednesday football as it happened
10 Nov 10 |  Football
Wednesday's football photos
10 Nov 10 |  Football
Joey Barton charged with assault
28 Dec 07 |  England


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