Barton’s Sobering News

Sobering news this morning that Joey Barton will be formally committed for trial today accused of assault.

The 25 year-old is said to have attacked former Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo in a training ground bust up on May 1st. The charge is strenuously denied by Joey.

An administrative hearing of his case is expected to be held at Trafford Magistrates Court and Barton will be formally committed for trial accused of assault.


Ousmae Dabo – after training ground altercation with Barton on May 1st

No news on whether Joey will attend the hearing but we would have thought if he hasn’t got to attend he will not – if only not to generate the publicity. If he does a attend you can bet that photographers will be there waiting and the picture will be beamed all over the place. That will happen once the trail gets under way and it will do little good for Joey Barton’s image or that of Newcastle United Football club.

Barton has already entered a not guilty plea at a hearing earlier this year when he asked to stand trial by jury. Now apparently the case will be formally committed to crown court by JPs at the hearing today. We wonder how long this case will drag on since the sooner it’s behind both Joey and Newcastle, the better for all concerned.

Joey’s assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail if he is found guilty. After the incident he was suspended by Manchester City and then sold to Newcastle in June in a £5.8m deal. Joey is working hard on his fitness right now, and hopes to make his return for Newcastle on 22nd October against Tottenham at St. james’ Park. He broke a metatarsal in his foot on 21st July at Carlisle.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope he’s found not-guilty although Dabo’s face doesn’t look pretty and appears he’s been hit by something or some one………

    We need Barton, so the sooner this is over, the better!

  • leo

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    bollox no way, please no. does anyone know if we inserted a clause into his contract from man city that if he goes to jail we get our money back, hope we did

  • Mart

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    It seems pretty certain that he did carry out an attack, so why is he pleading not guilty. Presumably he hopes to persuade a jury otherwise, thought if founf guilty, this only increases the chances of a stricter sentence.

  • Jerry

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    As he’s pleaded not guilty, he is bound to go along the lines of self-defense.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    that looks like a run of the mill tackle to me …

    jokes aside it looks bad. That bloke was beaten proper — by who and with what we’ll only know during testimony. Hope it wasn’t Joey as he has already pleaded not guilty the judge can only be harsher on him if he’s found guilty. Crap.

  • yemozone

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    He deserves to be fined after what he did to DABO but they dont have to sentence him to jailFight like this happens,so they dont have to put him in jail

  • Neil A H

    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope he is not found not guilty but only if he is not guilty. You can’t go around punching people and expect to get away with it because you are an important athlete. A fine or light sentence would seem more appropriate than jail time which is a bit harsh.

  • andyc290

    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is this guy pressing charges? It seems to me that they got into a fight and Dabo came off worse, things like this happen all the time, Dabo is a disgrace for getting Barton charged for it!

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 4, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    andyc290 – that’s a little hard on Dabo but we sure wish he’d drop the charges, because this is hanging over the club – as well as Barton. But hey, you cannot just beat people up like presumably Barton did – whatever it was he did (don’t want to prejudge). Hope the case gets dropped – but also hope this will be a lesson to Joey and it will be the very last time he does anything like this.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 4, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Maybe a couple of weeks behind bars would be good for him and NUFC – at least he’d think twice about doing something similar again.

  • NashvilleGeordie

    Oct 4, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    I remember an earlier article that said BSA had inserted a clause in Barton’s contract protecting the Club if this charge went poorly. We all certainly hope Joey will be ok, but my memory is that Big Sam has protected the Club against a negative verdict.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 4, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone have a pic of Joey’s fists? We need both sides of the story uploaded please … lol

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 4, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    On the subject of footballers getting assaulted…

    Did anyone see Dida’s delayed reaction to the pat on the cheek he got from that (silly) Celtic fan? Quite possibly the funniest thing i’ve ever seen on a football pitch – even funnier than Stevie T’s impression of someone being shot by a sniper to disguise his handball.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 4, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah what was with the stretcher and ice pack … lol, that was funny. On a serious note though, Celtic will most probably feel the wrath of uefa for not controlling the 1 man pitch invasion. It’s a shame really as their performance is being over shadowed by one silly fan’s “pat of encouragement”.

  • jeffk

    Oct 4, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton is a lunatic and we never should have signed him. He put a cigar out in someone’s eye at a Christmas party for f–k’s sake, and you lot are defending him? I’m sorry, but he belongs in jail, and every one of you would be saying the same thing if he was still at City.

  • apan

    Oct 4, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    and silly dida who run halfway and fell thats hillarious and a disgrace!

    im sure newcastle maybe are not the top 4 team, but we are sure are num 1 in boxing or any fighting competition…….

    we got barton, smith, assault survivor martins, our only challenge now is only from west ham from our ex players, who dare to mess with us now? lol


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