Barton puts Shearer clash behind him

09 October 2009 09:45
Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton claims he has patched up his differences with Alan Shearer following their bust-up last season.[LNB] Shearer, then caretaker manager, was furious when Barton was sent off for a rash tackle at Liverpool in May and suspended for the final three games of the campaign, which ended in relegation.[LNB] Barton later met up with Shearer at a racecourse - when both had runners in the same race - and they agreed to put the past behind them. "We had a disagreement but we are both grown men and you get on with it. Nothing was said that anyone was going to lose sleep over," the 27-year-old told BBC Radio Five.[LNB] "With grown men in competitive sport there is going to be a clash of personalities.[LNB] "Emotions were running high and Alan was disappointed; no-one was more disappointed than I was that I had taken myself out of the equation by getting sent off stupidly.[LNB] "Things went on in the dressing room and it's well documented certain things were said.[LNB] "We've both seen each other since and we've both been very civil about it.[LNB] "I'm fine with it, I've got a lot of respect for Alan. I was never going to get in a war of words with him, I have too much respect for him."

Source: Eurosport