Date: 31st August 2008 at 1:34pm
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Kevin Keegan claims Sami Nasri should have been red carded after the Frenchman ‘Sliced’ down goody two-shoes Joey Barton.

Nasri tripped Barton after taking exception to a particularly strong tackle (albeit fair) in the last minute of a game already won in an area of the pitch not dangerous to anyone.

I don’t actually think it was the tackle that got everyone’s goat, more the smarmy look on Barton’s face.

‘King Kev’ said, “I wasn’t happy with it,”

“Joey came on, got a good tackle in on Nasri and then the guy sliced him down. That’s what happened and that’s what I was upset about.’

“I like Nasri very much – he’s a player we looked at for a possible signing last year – but you can’t do things like that. If it had been the other way round, and a Newcastle player had done that, I wonder what the reaction would be.

“I know the referee didn’t see it but the linesman did and it should have been a red card.’

“I will tell Arsene Wenger the same thing when I see him and I told Nasri that at the end as well. The fact is that Joey has done nothing wrong.”

Keegan is one of the more well intentioned managers in the game today, but he’s only kidding himself if he believes it was a red card offence, at the same time failing to mention the studs van Persie got raked down his leg.

Nasri probably shouldn’t have done what he did, but it was a booking offence, which he was booked for, at the same time lifting him up to legendary status amongst many neutral fans as well as Arsenal!