Barton: Wealth is to blame
Published 02/10/2011 | 05:00
Manchester City's "preposterous amount of wealth" created a combustible atmosphere that was always going lead to a frustrated player defying their manager, Joey Barton has said.
The Queens Park Rangers captain, who left City shortly before the influx of foreign money allowed the club to buy some of the world's biggest players, said he "couldn't fathom" Carlos Tevez's apparent refusal to take the field against Bayern Munich in midweek.
Roberto Mancini said the striker was "finished" at the club despite Tevez's insistence that there had been a misunderstanding in Germany. Manchester City have suspended the Argentine while an internal investigation is carried out.
"It was only a matter of time before this happened at Man City," Barton said. "You've got 10 places and 22 or 23 world-class players competing for them. So it was only a matter of time before one of them threw their toys out of the pram."
Barton, who will lead his side against Fulham today, also said Fabio Capello's repeated refusals to pick him for the England squad were "the perfect ammunition" to motivate him to win a place in the national team.
Despite his impressive Premier League form, Barton has made only one senior appearance for his country, coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Spain in 2007. Earlier this year the England manager said the midfielder was too "dangerous" for international duties because he was likely to get sent off.
"My whole life I've strived to prove people wrong," Barton said. "I've been told a number of things by a number of people and I've managed either to prove them wrong instantly or over a period of time. I thrive on proving people wrong.
"Capello has done me a massive favour and given me the perfect ammunition to go out and perform. I go out and perform thinking I should be playing for England and thinking that I'm better than current players playing for England."
However, the 29-year-old admitted that he was still prone to rash behaviour, saying he had "confirmed" Capello's fears when he pulled Arsenal's Gervinho off the floor during a bad-tempered match while still playing for Newcastle.
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