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Newcastle players back Shearer in Barton bust-up

Newcastle United's players support Alan Shearer in his row with Joey Barton.

The Daily Mail says having been sent off for his violent lunge at Liverpool's Xabi Alonso in the 77th minute of Newcastle's 3-0 defeat at Anfield, Barton was ignored by Shearer as he left the pitch and was then told by the Newcastle legend: "That was a coward's tackle."

Barton, infamous for his short temper and reckless behaviour, replied with a tirade at Shearer, calling him and his tactics "s**t". Shearer managed to restrain himself but assistant manager Iain Dowie intervened. He was called "a p***k" by Barton, who then called Shearer the same.

When Dowie asked why Barton had not given his views on tactics in the team meeting beforehand, the midfielder was defensive.

Other players were shocked by Barton's outburst and were still talking about it yesterday at the training ground. On hearing of his indefinite suspension, there was relief. They are supporting Shearer rather than Barton, the overwhelming majority realising that a new order had to be imposed.

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