The Newcastle United and England central midfielder, Joey Barton, is to be tried in court in June of next year.
The charge against Joey is one of occasioning actual bodily harm on Ousmane Dabo, his former team mate at Manchester City football club, at the beginning of April this year.
But Joey Barton insists he has done nothing wrong. Joey gives an interview about the charge with Inside Sport, which it to be broadcast tonight on BBC1.
Joey Barton – interviewed on BBC 1 Monday evening
During the interview Barton said:
“If you go to prison for defending yourself then, yes, I suppose I’ll have to think about it.â€ “I don’t care. It doesn’t scare me at all, because I’ve done nothing wrong. I can go home and sleep at night and know I’ve done what I thought was right.â€
“I don’t think I’m a bad person. If the incidents I’ve been involved in had been to anyone other than a Premier League footballer, I don’t think they’d even be mentioned. It was something that I’ve seen five, six, seven times since I’ve been a professional footballer.â€
“But nobody cares whether I’m innocent or guilty – nobody cares. I’m already guilty before I’ve been sat in front of a judge – that’s the disappointing thing.â€
“It’s my reputation. It’s my fault I’ve got that reputation, but you shouldn’t be slaughtered for trying to make yourself a better person. One day I will get to speak about the full facts.”
The wheels of justice turn slowly sometimes, but weâ€™re sure Joey himself, and certainly the Newcastle United Club will be pleased once this trial is behind them. Certainly until that time, the publicity generated by the upcoming trial will not be good for Joey or for his employer, Newcastle United.
We have no idea whether Joey will be convicted or not â€“ weâ€™ll just be glad when this whole thing is over. And the main thing to come out of this experience, is that we hope Joey will learn from this. As he so rightly says, itâ€™s his fault heâ€™s got the reputation he has â€“ and only he can change it.Â But we all do things that are wrong at some time in our lives, and it’s how you deal with it, that will chart your future course.
Joey has a fantastic opportunity at Newcastle United, and we really hope he shapes up, and takes this chance, whatever the outcome of the trial may be.