Joey Barton on Jordan Pickford: ‘Footballers must live like monks these days, I wish I did’

Joey Barton on Jordan Pickford: ‘Footballers must live like monks these days, I wish I did’

Joey Barton insists footballers must ‘live like monks’ after footage emerged of a pub fight allegedly involving Jordan Pickford. Police are investigating a video which appears to show the Everton goalkeeper involved in the brawl outside a Sunderland pub. Fleetwood manager Barton, who was arrested in 2007 following a similar incident in Liverpool, expressed sympathy…


Joey Barton insists footballers must ‘live like monks’ after footage emerged of a pub fight allegedly involving Jordan Pickford.

Police are investigating a video which appears to show the Everton goalkeeper involved in the brawl outside a Sunderland pub.

Fleetwood manager Barton, who was arrested in 2007 following a similar incident in Liverpool, expressed sympathy for the England shot-stopper and argued it’s not easy to stay out of trouble.

However, Barton believes footballers are paid well enough to sacrifice a normal social life, and certainly wishes he did so during his playing career.

Pickford appeared to lash out in the brawl

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Pickford appeared to lash out in the brawl

The former Manchester City midfielder told talkSPORT: “As sad as it is, you have to live as a monk.

“It’s not easy wanting to be a normal lad and go out for a pint, you just can’t do that as a modern day footballer now.

“You’ve got to be really careful where you go. Otherwise trouble will find you.

“Don’t forget, footballers are big strong lads, they’re not snowflakes. When you haven’t got a drink in you, it’s dead easy to walk away and think I’m not going to put myself in that situation.

“As a footballer, you should know better, it cost me many times in my career and I just had to accept in the end that there are some things you can’t do as a player.

“Everyone’s got a camera on their mobile phone and you can’t have the lifestyle you want to have.

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“It’s not easy being a footballer, but we are paid fantastically well to do that. I should’ve lived my life in a more monk-like fashion.”

That’s the advice Barton will be passing onto his Fleetwood players, who he hopes can learn from his previous misdemeanours.

He added: “As a manager, I’d love to know that all of my players were tucked out with a hot chocolate on Saturday night watching Match of the Day.”

Joey Barton insists footballers must ‘live like monks’ after footage emerged of a pub fight allegedly involving Jordan Pickford.

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