Watch Joey Barton Get Slapped By Gervinho (Video)
The English Premier League kicked off their 2010-11 season this past weekend, with the most entertaining match coming from St. James’ Park, where Newcastle was playing host to Arsenal.
If goals and plenty of offense are what you consider to be the most entertaining parts of a soccer game, then perhaps you may have an issue with the above statement, seeing as how the game ended in a scoreless draw. However, if you are a fan of confrontation and slap fights, then Newcastle’s Joey Barton and Arsenal’s Gervinho gave you everything you were looking for during the 76th minute of their match on Saturday.
After Gervinho went down in the box, Barton took the opportunity to pick him up off the ground, albeit, in a rather unfriendly manner. That would mark the beginning of a shoving match between players from both clubs, which ended when Barton was knocked violently to the ground by a slap to the face from Gervinho.
Barton was assessed a yellow card for his part in the incident, while Gervinho was sent off with a straight red card for his slap. Here is a look at the incident.