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 Â£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.