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 Post subject: Bartoon: Di Canio to ‘get emptied out'
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:37 am 
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From the metro paper last night:-

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One Direction member Louis Tomlinson found to his cost last weekend that charity games are not always gentle affairs.

And it looks like we could have an even bigger bruiser in store tomorrow when Joey Barton lines out for a Newcastle XI in Steve Harper’s testimonial at St James’ Park.

Looking forward to the match against an AC Milan Glorie XI, the former Toon player pointed out Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio’s presence was among the ranks of Rossoneri greats – accompanied by a mischievous hashtag.

The QPR midfielder tweeted: ‘Good to hear that @steveharper37 testimonial game tickets are selling like hotcakes! Hopefully a good turnout for a top fella…

‘Can’t wait to play at SJP again. Against Baresi and Maldini and co. What a night it should be! See you all there tomorrow…

‘Are the rumours true about the 5under1and manager playing? #couldgetemptiedout’#

And if the hot-headed Italian doesn’t get some Joey loving then his Newcastle XI team-mate Alan Shearer should probably watch his back.

There’s no love lost between Barton and his former Mapgies manager, with the pair reportedly almost coming to blows when United were relegated from the Premier League in 2009.

The duo supposedly briefly made up, however the feud was rekindled when Match of the Day pundit Shearer criticised Barton for getting sent off on the last day of the 2011-12 season.

Barton was not impressed and wrote on Twitter: ‘My final point, ur a s*** pundit/manager … I really don’t like that p*****, in fact I honestly despise him … Goodnight.’

If that’s enough potential conflict, then, just for good measure, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer are reunited on the Newcastle pitch where they famously engaged in fisticuffs as Toon team-mates in 2005.

We can only conclude Harper must be a very popular chap to get all those old foes to commit to this one.

Goalkeeper Harper, now at Hull, left Newcastle earlier this year after 20 years on Tyneside. All proceeds from the game will be split between the Newcastle United Foundation, the Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.


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