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QPR director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam calls referee 'blind and bias' after Joey Barton sent off against Norwich

Queens Park Rangers director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam could face Football Association action for describing Premier League referees as “biased and blind” on Twitter after the dismissal of Joey Barton during the 2-1 defeat by Norwich.

Bradley Johnson and Joey Barton - Queens Park Rangers director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam calls referee 'blind and bias' after Joey Barton is sent off against Norwich

Gnanalingam, who joined the club’s board of directors in August, where he sits alongside chairman Tony Fernandes, posted his tweet just after Barton’s sending-off for an apparent butt on Norwich's Bradley Johnson. “F------ EPL refs are a big load of b-------!” he wrote. “Biased and blind. Thank you for spoiling the game.”

Gnanalingam, a Malaysian businessman who is the chief executive of one of the country’s biggest ports, Westports Malaysia, deleted the tweet within minutes. It is not known how many of his Twitter followers would have seen it.

After the game he sent a tweet to Barton, saying: “We are behind you all the way. Get the lads to keep their heads up and minds focused on the next game. Great goal by the way”.

Gnanalingam’s earlier tweet could land him in trouble, given that this would not be the first time a QPR director has attracted the FA’s attention with a tweet about referees.

In September, after Michael Oliver awarded Aston Villa a penalty during a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road, Fernandes tweeted: “The ref is blind. Two clear handballs”. Telegraph

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QPR blame Joey Barton's red card and defeat on 'cheat' Bradley Johnson

Joey Barton received a first red card since May 2009 and after Queens Park Rangers subsequently lost the lead, then the match, Neil Warnock accused Bradley Johnson of being a cheat.

Regarding the 35th-minute incident in which Barton was adjudged to have butted Johnson, Warnock said: "The linesman saw him head-butt Bradley Johnson. So they give what they saw. He has guessed if I'm honest. The heads are together, but I don't think Joey would have gone down. I'm not surprised Bradley has gone down … Who says cheats don't prosper? Bradley has conned him. It's not easy to speak about it and not get carried away. It seems to happen every time we play. We get players sent off wrongly.

"Bradley Johnson has not been head-butted at all. Not in a million years. The movement of him going backwards has conned the referee. To go back like he did was a disgrace. It's getting a fellow pro sent off. I think he should be done."

In a series of post-match tweets, all since deleted, Barton described it as a "ridiculous decision", claimed that the "linesman definitely never saw it" and that the officials had "been conned" and "admitted to me at [half-time] they never saw it".

Replays showed Johnson shoved Barton first, before the clash of heads, and Warnock did admit his captain might have handled the situation better. "He could have avoided that but it doesn't warrant the reaction from Johnson. Joey's not that daft. I think we've been mugged," he said. "There were two vicious tackles on Joey and neither player was booked. I find it amazing. He's just been assassinated by one tackle. We feel we have run over a few black cats. It changed the game completely."

Warnock said he has yet to decide if the club will appeal but does not hold faith in the system. "I don't have much confidence in the FA, not if you've seen the Wolves one last week," he said, of Mick McCarthy's unsuccessful attempt to have Nenad Milijas's red card in the game against Arsenal rescinded.

Barton was sent off only after David Richardson, the assistant referee, informed Neil Swarbrick of the off-the-ball incident. Before this the 27-year-old had got Loftus Road rocking inside 11 minutes. Clint Hill delivered a cross that swept across the area and his captain made no mistake with a firm right-footed shot.

But after Barton's departure QPR wilted and they walked off at the break level due to Anthony Pilkington's impressive 25-yard finish. In the stick‑or‑twist position, Warnock brought on Shaun Wright-Phillips for Jamie Mackie, with the new loan signing Federico Macheda remaining on the bench until the 80th minute.

Yet despite the personnel advantage Norwich posed little more threat until Steve Morison finished Pilkington's cross to lift the Canaries up to ninth. Their manager, Paul Lambert, said: "I just want to keep the wolves from my door. The Christmas period has been relentless but we have coped brilliantly."

For Warnock, who has overseen a run of two points from the last available 24, the pack will gather if he cannot improve his team.

West London Sport/Dave McIntyre

Furious QPR boss defends Barton

QPR manager Neil Warnock defended Joey Barton after the midfielder was sent off during his side’s home defeat against Norwich.

Barton gave Rangers the lead after 11 minutes but was later red-carded for violent conduct after clashing with Bradley Johnson.

A furious Warnock insisted the dismissal, which was apparently for a headbutt, was undeserved and he also branded Johnson a “disgrace”.

“It’s not easy to speak about it without getting carried away,” said Warnock.

“Johnson hasn’t been headbutted at all – not in a million years. The movement of his [Johnson's] head has conned the linesman.

“I’ve been to see him [the referee] and he says he [Barton] headbutted him [Johnson]. But Johnson’s a clever man.

“To go back like he did was a disgrace. It didn’t warrant that reaction. Joey’s not daft enough to headbutt someone with every camera in the country on him – you’ve got to give him more credit.

“I’ve seen Johnson do that a few times, so it doesn’t surprise me. It’s getting a fellow pro sent off and that’s not on. I think he should be punished.

“And there were two vicious tackles on Joey – one just before he got sent off – and they weren’t even booked.

“He [Barton] shouldn’t put himself in that situation. But that doesn’t justify another professional getting him sent off like that.”

Barton believes the red card could be rescinded on appeal, but Warnock hinted that he is reluctant to challenge the decision.

“I’ve not got any confidence in the appeals procedure. We’ll talk about it,” he said.

Rangers’ 2-1 loss extended their winless run to eight matches and means they will slide into the bottom three if Wigan beat Sunderland tomorrow.

But Warnock remained defiant and insisted that his planned spending in the transfer market will turn their fortunes around.

He said: “The lads were fantastic – and were against Arsenal too – and to get two defeats you don’t deserve knocks the stuffing out of you.

“We’ve got to regroup, hopefully get two or three players in, and look forward to second half of season.

“It’s easy to be look at table and be concerned, but I look at 10th and 11th and think we should be there already. We should have more points, and they would have put us in a really good position.”


Posted on: Mon 02 Jan 2012

Neil Warnock rued his side's current misfortune after Grant Holt's 83rd-minute strike condemned ten-man Rangers to a 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City.

Joey Barton - scorer of QPR's opening goal on 11 minutes - was controversially dismissed after an off-the-ball clash with Bradley Johnson, before Anthony Pilkington and Holt were on hand to grab all three points for the Canaries.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Warnock said: "We feel like we've run over a few black cats at the moment.

"It's difficult. Their heads were together but there's nothing in it.

"We feel like we've been robbed today.

"Before the sending off there was a wild tackle on Joey which didn't get a yellow card - I'm amazed.

"I thought after scoring we'd taken charge.

"It changed the game completely. We had ten men for such a long period of the game."

He added: "It was a fantastic performance. The lads couldn't give any more. They were fantastic in the second half.

"They kept going and tried to give as best as they could.

"But we'll re-group. I can't say how proud I was of the lads today. I thought they were so positive.

"I thought we tried to attack as best as we could.

"Shaun Wright-Phillips did well when he came on at half-time.

"But we still got punished at the death. It is disappointing. We feel a bit aggrieved at the moment.

"We've got two weeks until our next Premier League fixture and hopefully, with one or two new faces, we can stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get on with it."



Hoops manager brands Barton decision 'ridiculous'
Last Updated: January 2, 2012 6:19pm


Joey Barton: Was sent off after clashing with Norwich man Johnson
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QPR boss Neil Warnock claims the linesman was 'conned' by Norwich man Bradley Johnson following Joey Barton's controversial sending off at Loftus Road on Monday.

The Rangers captain, who scored the hosts' goal in the 2-1 defeat, was given his marching orders in the opening half after the linesman informed the referee he had tried to headbutt Johnson.
Warnock was disappointed by the decision and blasted the Canaries midfielder for playing it to his advantage.

"(The referee) didn't see it at all. It's the linesman that's informed him he saw Joey Barton headbutt Bradley Johnson, which is ridiculous really," Warnock told Sky Sports.

"I think he's guessed it because of Johnson's reaction of flinging his head back. You say cheats don't prosper but I think he has done in this case, Johnson.

"Then to rub it in by (acting) as if his face has been hurt. But he's conned him and unfortunately the man that's important, the linesman, has fallen for it hook, line and sinker. I think he got carried away by the occasion.

"It's disappointing, very disappointing. Because I thought we'd started to do well."

No contact

Warnock spoke to Barton about the incident after the game and the skipper assured him no contact had been made.

"I saw him and he said he didn't make any contact with him," he added.

"He put his face together with him but that's how they are, players like that. You don't expect someone to go off like Bradley Johnson did."

He added: "In the end I suppose it depends what you want from your players. I suppose they'll be delighted that they got the three points so it probably justifies what they've done.

"We can't do anything about it, we've lost the game now."


by David McIntyre/West London Sport
QPR 1 Norwich 2

Joey Barton scored and was later sent off as QPR’s alarming decline continued.

Barton netted from 10 yards out following Clint Hill’s left-wing cross but was then given his marching orders after lashing out at Bradley Johnson.

The dismissal gave Norwich a massive boost and they equalised when Anthony Pilkington found the bottom corner with a fine left-footed strike from outside the penalty area.

And Steve Morison’s late goal won it for City, who are safely nestled in mid-table and enjoying a smoother return to the Premier League than Rangers despite their relatively moderate spending.

Barton’s indiscipline was all too familiar – and there was nothing new about Rangers being undone by a Paul Lambert substitution.

At Carrow Road in November, the Canaries boss brought on Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt shortly before they combined for City’s winner.

This time he introduced Hoolahan and Morison as part of a triple change midway through the second half.

And his decision paid off, with Elliott Bennett heading Hoolahan’s 83rd-minute cross down to Morison, who made no mistake.

The result extended Rangers’ run without a win to eight matches and means they will sink into the bottom three if Wigan beat Sunderland tomorrow.

Norwich have not kept a clean sheet in the league this season and it took the home side only 11 minutes to go ahead.

Alejandro Faurlin was the orchestrator, chipping a perfectly-weighted ball into the path of Hill, whose centre enabled Barton to grab his first goal at Loftus Road.

But Rangers were left to defend the lead with 10 men when Barton was red-carded in the 36th minute for violent conduct after clashing with Johnson in full view of assistant referee David Richardson.

That lead lasted only six more minutes before being wiped out by Pilkington, who was afforded far too much time and space after collecting Johnson’s pass.

Rangers manager Neil Warnock responded by making a change at half-time, bringing Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Jamie Mackie.

Wright-Phillips soon made an impact, running at the heart of the Norwich defence and teeing up Adel Taarabt, who poked his shot wide.

Taarabt then went close with a free-kick keeper John Ruddy dived to his right to claw away, before Paddy Kenny also reacted quickly to keep out a low shot from Bennett at the other end.

Keeper Kenny was back in the starting line-up along with fit-again centre-back Anton Ferdinand, whose performance was one of his best for the R’s.

Striker Federico Macheda, whose loan move from Manchester United was rubber-stamped in time for him to make his debut, was brought on for the final 10 minutes.

Had he been braver, Macheda might have beaten Ruddy to Wright-Phillips’ right-wing cross and scored with his first touch.

Instead it was Lambert’s switch that proved decisive – again – leaving Warnock to hope his planned January spending spree halts Rangers’ slide


Norwich City came from behind to defeat ten-man QPR in a fiercely-fought encounter at Loftus Road.

In a Barclays Premier League contest crammed full of drama, Rangers opened the scoring after only 11 minutes when Joey Barton smashed home Clint Hill's low cross from the left

Controversy struck on 36 minutes, after Barton - QPR's opening goalscorer - was shown a straight red card after an off-the-ball incident with Bradley Johnson.

And Norwich would go on to make the numerical advantage count.

Anthony Pilkington struck a Canaries leveller just six minutes after Barton's dismissal, firing home a beautifully-struck effort from fully 25-yards out.

City substitute Steve Morison clinched all three points for the visitors seven minutes from time, lashing home from close range after Elliott Bennett's controlled ball into the Wales striker.

Neil Warnock made five changes to his R's side for the visit of Norwich - and also named new loan signing Federico Macheda from Manchester United on the bench.

Paddy Kenny came back into the starting XI at the expense of Radek Cerny, while Anton Ferdinand and Hill replaced Matt Connolly and Armand Traore respectively in defence.

Shaun Derry, meanwhile, started ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips, while Heidar Helguson came in for Jay Bothroyd.

Kenny was in goal for Rangers, who lined up in an accustomed 4-2-3-1 formation.

Luke Young, Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon and Hill made up the R's back four.

Derry and Ale Faurlin were in defensive midfield, behind the more advanced trio of Jamie Mackie, Adel Taarabt and skipper Barton.

Helguson led the line for Rangers in attack.

Rangers were looking to improve on a home league record of just one win this season prior to kick-off, while Norwich had enjoyed similar form away from Carrow Road, with just a single victory.

The visitors probably enjoyed the greater possession in the opening ten minutes, although neither side threatened in front of goal.

The first real opportunity of the contest arrived on 11 minutes - and it yielded the opening goal of the contest.

It was QPR who drew first blood, and what a well-worked effort it proved to be.

Faurlin picked up possession on halfway before clipping a delightful ball over the top of Canaries right-back Russell Martin for Hill.

Thereafter, the R's defender sent over a low cross that evaded everyone but the onrushing Barton at the back post, who stole in to fire Rangers into the lead from just inside the box.

A super start for the Hoops - although Norwich continued to impress, even after going a goal down.

Johnson produced an effort for the Canaries on 18 minutes, skipping past one challenge before seeing his deflected drive from 20-yards out comfortably held by Kenny.

The first half was one of few chances but what it lacked in goalmouth action, it more than made up for in the manner that this now highly-charged affair was being contested. Strong tackles were aplenty.

Norwich's best chance of the half to date arrived on 33 minutes. Bennett's ball from the right found an unmarked Simeon Jackson on ten yards, but he could only scuff an effort wide of the target.

It was matters away from goal that continued to hit the headlines - especially when Barton, scorer of the R's first, was dismissed after an off-the-ball altercation nine minutes before the break.

Barton and Johnson went chest-to-chest away from play, before the latter indicated that he'd received a blow to the face - despite neither the referee nor his assistant signalling this to be the case in real time.

It took Bennett's late challenge on Barton, moments later, for Mr Swarbrick to bring the action to a halt, where Barton was shown his marching orders - and the former was not penalised.

Now holding a numerical advantage, Norwich put themselves on terms just three minutes before the break.

It was a goal worthy to grace the top-flight - that cannot be doubted. Pilkington received possession before unleashing a fierce drive from 25 yards that flew into bottom right-hand corner of net, giving Kenny no chance.

The sending off of Barton meant that Warnock was forced to think heavily about how he'd approach the second half.

The R's gaffer opted for a change at the interval, with Wright-Phillips brought on to replace Mackie.

The tricky winger almost made an instant impact - dragging a shot just wide of the left-hand post from 20 yards.

Apart from a Johnson effort that cleared the bar, Rangers made the greater inroads in front of goal at the start of the second period.

Taarabt went exceptionally close to notching his first strike of the season on 53 minutes.

Daniel Ayala was penalised - and subsequently booked - for a foul on Helguson and, when the Moroccan playmaker stepped up to fire in a free-kick from 25 yards, John Ruddy flung himself fantastically well to tip the effort on to his right-hand post and wide.

The visitors went close four minutes later. Bennett's drive from just outside the box forced a smart save from Kenny.

Despite being a man light, the R's continued to threaten. Faurlin's 20-yard effort on 68 minutes went just inches past the upright.

Norwich substitute Morison, meanwhile, went close for Paul Lambert's men just seven minutes later, seeing his header from 12 yards go marginally past the right-hand post.

Loanee Macheda's time arrived on 81 minutes, brought on to replace the tireless Helguson.

His impact was almost instantaneous, with only a fine two-fisted clearance from Ruddy preventing the Italian from getting on the end of a Wright-Phillips cross just seconds after his arrival.

But Macheda's introduction couldn't halt a Canaries winner.

A ball from the left was cushioned down superbly by Bennett for Morison, before the former Millwall forward blasted home from eight-yards out.

QPR: Kenny, Hill, Derry, Gabbidon, Taarabt (Campbell 85), Faurlin, Mackie (Wright-Phillips 46), Barton, Young, Helguson, Ferdinand.

Subs: Cerny, Orr, Connolly, Hulse, Macheda.

Goals: Barton (11)

Bookings: Wright-Phillips (65)

Red Cards: Barton (36)

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Drury (Fox 66), Johnson, Whitbread, Holt (Morison 66), Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Lappin (Hoolahan 66), Ayala.

Subs: Rudd, Surman, Wilbraham, Naughton.

Goals: Pilkington (42), Morison (83)

Bookings: Ayala (53)

Referee: Mr N Swarbrick

Attendance: 18,033 (3177 away)


Barton says ref ‘conned’ as QPR crash to Norwich

QPR captain Joey Barton said match officials had been "conned" into sending him off as 10-man Rangers crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Norwich at Loftus Road.

Barton was given the fifth red card of his career during a stormy encounter between the two newly promoted teams, sent off for a clash with Bradley Johnson after earlier giving Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Johnson hit the turf clutching his face as he squared up to Barton, but the QPR midfielder insisted match officials had been duped into sending him off following his dismissal.

"Well feel for the officials, they've been conned. Admitted to me at HT they never saw it. I was pulled back 1st, then kicked 2nd!," Barton wrote on Twitter shortly after the final whistle.

"Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen was Johnsons reaction. My head dosent move forward at all. Ridiculous decision seen 25 replays.

"I'd be 1st to apologise if I'd reacted. Cannot apologise as I know I've not head butted anyone. Disappointed for the lads and the fans.

"Make ur own minds up when u see it. The games gone!"

The defeat left QPR hovering just two points above the relegation zone in 17th place, and Neil Warnock's side have now lost five of their last six games.

Barton's dismissal swung the game in Norwich's favour, with Anthony Pilkington levelling for the Canaries three minutes from half-time.

QPR almost went back in front in the second half only for Norwich keeper John Ruddy to pull off a superb save from Adel Taarabt's free-kick.

But Norwich manager Paul Lambert's triple substitution 24 minutes from time—Wes Hoolahan, Steve Morison, David Fox all coming on—was to prove decisive and seven minutes from time Morison swept in the winner.


Pain in the neck: Joey Barton was shown a red card for clashing with Norwich's Bradley Johnson Photo: GETTY IMAGES
By Jonathan Lieu,

So often Joey Barton stands accused of playing the game with his heart rather than his head. Here, it was his head that got him into trouble, an apparent off-the-ball butt on Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson earning him a red card and costing Queens Park Rangers three points.
Manager Neil Warnock accused Johnson of cheating; Barton claimed the referees had been conned. The year may be just two days old, but there is little prospect of this acquaintance being forgot in a hurry.
We could argue back and forth about the semantics of whether Barton moved his forehead towards Johnson’s, whether there was anything more than the most gentle of contacts, whether Johnson’s thespian reaction was really a proportionate response. The fact was that Barton inclined his head in Johnson’s direction; and not, we can be certain, in deference.
The incident occurred with QPR 1-0 up and on the attack. First, Barton and Zak Whitbread collided in the centre circle, and for a fleeting instant there was a little light grappling and flailing of arms. Barton then came face to face with Johnson. The pair squared up, Barton angled his head towards Johnson’s once, then again. Johnson recoiled but stayed on his feet. After consulting assistant David Richardson, referee Neil Swarbrick sent Barton off. Johnson escaped without punishment.
“They say cheats don’t prosper,” spluttered Warnock. “Not in a million years has he been head-butted. The movement of him going backwards has conned the referee. The linesman was 50 yards away. I think they’ve just guessed.

“I’ve seen Bradley Johnson a few times doing things like that. It doesn’t surprise me. And then, to rub salt in the wound, he started rubbing his nose as if feeling for blood. To go back like he did was a disgrace. It’s getting a fellow pro sent off. That’s totally out of order. I think he should be done, if I’m honest.”
The question remained why the QPR captain’s head was so close to Johnson’s in the first place. “He could have avoided that,” granted Warnock, “but it doesn’t warrant the reaction from Johnson. If it was the other way round, I don’t think Joey would have gone down. Joey’s not daft enough to head-butt somebody with every camera in the country on him.”
One problem with that. Joey Barton is exactly that daft. Through nature or upbringing, combat comes unthinkingly to him. In the face of confrontation, he is conditioned never to back down. When Johnson issued the challenge to him, Barton’s bestial pride prevented him from walking away.
Later, on Twitter, he attempted to explain himself: “Feel for the officials,” he wrote. “They’ve been conned. Admitted to me at half-time they never saw it. I was pulled back first, then kicked second! Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen [sic] was Johnson’s reaction.
“Ridiculous decision, seen 25 replays. Make your own minds up when you see it. Cannot apologise as I know I’ve not head-butted anyone. Disappointed for the lads and the fans.”
Having played the pantomime victim to great effect for Newcastle against Arsenal in August, getting Gervinho sent off with his flamboyant reaction to a push, Barton is in no position to condemn Johnson’s gamesmanship.
The real tragedy was that up to that point, Barton had been having an excellent game. He had scored the early goal, a sweet finish after a fine move. A wonderful, intuitive lofted ball down the left flank from Alejandro Faurlin found the overlapping run of Clint Hill, who rolled his cross back to the edge of the area. Barton waited, sized his shot up, and then lashed his boot through the ball with placement a secondary concern. The ball disappeared under goalkeeper John Ruddy’s diving body.
Norwich had created little before the sending-off, but took immediate advantage of the extra man. Neither QPR centre-back got close enough to Anthony Pilkington as he cut in from the right on his left foot and unleashed an unstoppable low drive from 20 yards to equalize.

QPR emerged for the second half with fire in their bellies and the sharp Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right. Norwich, meanwhile, made a triple substitution that paid dividends seven minutes from time. Elliott Bennett headed down a cross at the far post; Steve Morison drilled the ball home from eight yards.

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