Joey Barton threatens Gary Neville as pundit praises ITV for digging out his sick comments


Joey Barton has threatened to 'put away' Gary Neville after the Manchester United legend accused him of going 'too far' with his scathing and repetitive criticism of female pundits in football. Barton sparked a huge backlash by branding Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward as 'the Fred and Rose West of football commentary' after they appeared on ITV to cover Thursday's FA Cup game between Crystal Palace and Everton.

ITV did not take kindly to Barton's vile comparison as they branded his comments 'contemptible and shameful' in a statement on X, formerly Twitter. Neville was quick to offer his support to the broadcaster by insisting that Barton went 'too far' by mentioning serial killers in his criticism of Aluko and Ward.

He wrote: "Well done ITV. It’s gone too far this and mentioning serial killers is quite simply incredible. My daughters have watched Salford City with me for 10 years and like to comment on football. My mum was kicked out of the football team (boys in the 1960s) and stopped playing due to mysogyny.

"My sister struggled for funding for her sport for years and my brother was mocked when he took over the England women's team. I come from a family that has fought these issues for years and I’ve witnessed it first hand. All this does is just discourage and it's not the way forward. It’s bloody hard work for women to succeed in sport and media as it is without this stuff."

Barton wasted little time in firing back at Neville by threatening to 'empty' him in a bizarre rant, saying: "Gary, please keep your head down or you will get emptied as well. I know they pay your wages and I don’t want to have to put you away. Worry about one of the other 3758 business things you’ve got going on. I’ll decide when it’s gone too far. Not you."

The former Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town manager launched a tirade against female football pundits in early December and has continued to push his controversial views on the topic ever since. He also issued a fiery response to the ITV statement, vowing to keep comparing female pundits to serial killers while slamming the 'woke' agenda that he believes is prevalent in the media.

Barton wrote: "Shut up you f****** idiots. Keep them off the tele. They’re ruining the game for every one of us. It’s what happens when you force under qualified, under prepared, tokenistic people onto us.

"I will be calling them all serial killers from now on. Every clip you f****** put out. Told you, I don’t care anymore. We’ve all had enough of your ‘Woke’, ‘DEI’ bullshit. I hope everyone who agrees with me gets right after your social media every time you force this nonsense on us. I tried to play nice, you didn’t listen."

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