Joey Barton, Newcastleâ€™s England international midfield player, was arrested yesterday in Liverpool, in connection with an alleged assault. If this report is true, Joey could be in hot water at his new club, Newcastle United.
Joey Barton – could be in hot water at Newcastle United
This was probably the last thing manager Sam Allardyce, under severe pressure because of the teamâ€™s poor performances of late, and Chairman Chris Mort, wanted to hear.
Apparently Barton, 25, was questioned by Merseyside Police along with another man and woman at 5.30am yesterday morning, after two men were attacked in Church Street, a busy retail area in the Liverpool city center.
Barton hadnâ€™t played in Newcastle’s game at Wigan the previous day, because he was said to be nursing a slight injury. Newcastle had played one of their most insipid displays of the season in that game, and the second-bottom Lancashire team had won 1-0.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said yesterday:
â€œTwo men and a woman have been arrested by police following an assault on two men in Liverpool city center in the early hours of this morning,â€
â€œThe incident happened just after 5.30 am when two men suffered an assault on Church Street.â€
â€œTwo men, aged 25 and 19, and a 27-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and have been taken to a police station on Merseyside, where they will be questioned later today.â€
The alleged victims were not said to be seriously hurt and did not apparently require any medical treatment.
Barton joined Newcastle United from Manchester City for Â£5.8M in June, and Barton has a long history of off-the-field aggressive behavior. In fact Barton is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court next June to answer charges of occasioning actual bodily harm to Ousmane Dabo, his former Manchester City teammate, after a training-ground incident in early April.
Before Sam Allardyce was able to bring Barton to the Newcastle club he had to convince the Board that Barton was not a risk to the image of the club. However, it seems that Big Sam made a misjudgment and Barton seems to have let his manager down.
If indeed Barton has been involved in this situation the Newcastle Board may be forced to move quickly and with some authority. Barton was warned that he was on zero tolerance at the club because of his past behavior and it’s understood that the club may have some clause in Bartonâ€™s contract to say that if something like this happened then his contract would be terminated.
It will be interesting to see what the club do if Barton is indeed involved with this incident. We think they should stand strong and if indeed Barton is found to be involved with the assault Newcastle should move quickly and get rid of him. Itâ€™s not that he hasnâ€™t been warned before, and he’s already been given numerous opportunities to shape up in the past.
Of course Joey is innocent until proven otherwise, but this doesnâ€™t sound very good to us.
What do you think?
Let us know – comments very welcome.