Barton Arrested – Newcastle Career Threatened


Joey Barton, Newcastle’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.

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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 team’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 hadn’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:

“Two 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,”

“The incident happened just after 5.30 am when two men suffered an assault on Church Street.”

“Two 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.”

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 £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 Barton’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. It’s not that he hasn’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 doesn’t sound very good to us.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments very welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Neil A H

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #1

    This has been a very bad week for Newcastle United.

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  • steve c

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh great ! thats all we need now.Whether innocent or guilty what the hell was he doing out on the town at 5-30 in the morning.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #3

    hes now officially buggered for his dabo court case, he’s going down.

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s a stupid boy and a crap player.

    Along with Big fat Sam, he should be hoyed oot the club….

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  • scott 9

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #5

    so this is nothing to do with the dabo incedent how stupid barton come on m8 get it sorted

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  • vin

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #6

    in any other walk of life the bloke would/should be locked up/sacked…im sick of these overpaid thick idiots getting away with it. If this was some bloke who lived down your road, what would be your opinion. And this bloke gets paid £50k a week. Makes you sick. Stuff the football….im a newcastle supporter, but no one condone anything as alleged as this.

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  • Mighty Mouse

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #7

    While I seriously doubt it, I do wonder if anyone at NUFC at the insight, wisdom, balls to insert a get-out claude into Joey’s contract stating that any additional violent incidents would result in termination of contract.?

    Knowing our lot he’ll probably be sat in a prison cell for the next 3 years earning 55k a week. How I wanted him to be our king-pin.

    Modric still available?

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #8

    bloody hell Joey…what were you thinking mate???

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Fkin wank i say, we could have got a playmaker such as Dudu Cearense from CSKA for less than we paid for this twat, Dudu is one of the best passers ive seen.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Also id like to comment on allardyce again.

    Many of us were naming our starting 11 and he started with the back 4 that most of us said were the best that we have and they performed well, if only he listened to us about the midfield.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #11

    more bad news. This really is turning out to be the worst footballing christmas i have had in years. What next? Viduka gets injured i bet.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #12

    make that viduka gets injured, shortly followed by Beye getting a red card in the next match. We take off Emre, Carr has to fill in, scores an own goal in the 90th minute against chelsea and they win 1 – 0

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  • toonf4n

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #13

    LOL dragoner, that was so funny but probebly gonna happen

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  • vin

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #14

    1-0??….dont give the icumbants a moral (know the word Joey?) victory. I remember when we signed Barton, I checked the Man C sites, the word was that he’d disrupt the club……..prophetic

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  • Ross

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #15

    there was a time i thought this lad was misunderstood.
    i would stand up for him to my mates without a leg to stand on.
    seriously, what is he playing at.
    this is terrible. the lad isnt helping himself, or helping the name of our club.
    we were already a laughing stock after recent results, now we’re looking like a bunch of f***ing idiots off it aswell.
    i agree Tom_Toon. he’s done for the dabo case. if there was one thing he never wanted to happen, its this.
    cheers joey, you prick.

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  • Leo

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #16

    i heard we inserted a get out clause in his signing, so that if the case against him was proven then mancity would have to pay back the 5.8million we paid for him…

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Im watching a show on Sky Two about the trials and tribulations of away fans. It was just showing sunderland fans, they are scum aren’t they. They all look distorted and retarded. I dont see many of them as i dont live up north.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Ahahah nice waan, 5.8 mil to a quality playmaker, Dudu, i do go on bout this fella and did near to the last window but this guy is a built premiership playmaker.

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  • Coolsmurf

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #19

    he hasn’t been the same player since coming here…SJP is like a graveyard for most

    think duff, owen, etc…to name a few

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  • Ross

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #20

    i hate to admit things like this coolsmurf, but i’m on the verge of agreeing with you.
    i go to uni in scotland, and get alot of stick from my mates.
    i get “newcastle sign good players and somehow convert them to average players”.
    i hate to say it but sjp does seem like a graveyard these days. for players and managers.
    the job of managing/ playing for the club just seems too tough for most.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #21

    This is not right. Why are the press trying to make Newcastle look like a joke.

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/25014/Sack-Big-Sam-Now/

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #22

    we’ve signed a new plyer!

    Ed, weres the story?

    Cho Jae Jin

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #23

    i thought this would happen.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ge9U0X_ix8

    if anyone is interested, at least something to look forward to, in korea they said he signed like 3 days ago. They say he is the strongest, and best finisher out of all the korean strikers, known for his powerful headers.

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  • Ross

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #25

    out of pure interest.
    i’ve heard mort and ashley didnt actualy want big sam managing us.
    does anyone have any idea as to who they had their eye on?

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #26

    where did you find this tom?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Tom_Toon – there is some phantom news we’ve signed a player from South Korea – but I can’t verify the story and can find nothing on the Internet on the story – but one of our readers over there has emailed me and says it’s big big news in Korea ???
    Maybe tomorrow – certainly hope it’s true – we need as much good news as we can take with all the bad news around our club right now – hey – maybe we’ll beat Chelsea on Saturday- it’s live on TV – and stranger things have happened – especially with Newcastle – let’s hope so 😀

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #28

    basically every single korean on the planet, confirmed on wikipedia but anyone can edit that, korean websites, on eurosport forum, 18 month contract.

    Normally the koreans are scared this guy is pretty strong he seems to just run into people, should be good on a free.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #29

    joey feeling sorry for himself went and got pissed up and started looking for a fight .
    this lad is an idiot , after he go’s and does that long winded “im just misunderstood” interview with the BBC , he pulls this stunt . nice one joey , next time avoid the interview or better still practice what you preach and stay out of trouble .
    its just made all the worse by the fact he’s not stopped talking to the papers and reporters since … well since ever .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Tom_Toon – on your comments on Big Sam and the team on Boxing Day – you’re right – the team he picked was so close to the team we had named and our readers had suggested – hey – maybe he reads the site – that’s a little scary – but keep sending in those comments and ideas….we’ll get Newcastle successful again – one way or another. 😀

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #31

    clips are impressive tom (they always are tho aint they) .
    these types of players can turn out tobe awsome , or hopeless 😀 ill be rooting for the lad anyway

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #32

    I hope this is true. He looks good from the youtube videos. Fairly tall, fairly quick, fairly strong. Kinda sounds like sams kinda player. This will be just what we need to boost the confidence in the dressing room, more signings. I hope this guy turns out to be a great signing.
    Cheers Tom toon you have lifted my spirits mate, even if it is only for a little while.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Ye clips are always good, its his best bits, but if he come here and comes n scores just one of those long rangers, thats good for us.

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  • Craig F

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Joey Barton has to be the biggest idiot on the planet – i actually think prison is the only way to get this guy to think about what he’s doing and even then it probably wont make a difference.

    As for wednesday’s game what the hell is the matter with Given? I read everywhere the the free kick was unstoppable and he didn’t have a chance – well i’ll tell u now 90% of prem keepers would have saved it, even i’d have got a hand to it. I no he’s been our best player for seasons and he’s far from the only one but he’s in the worst form of his life at the minute he looks to me to have lost his spring in his legs, maybe cos of his injury. Hope he puts it right soon!

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #35

    he’s smart and got a hell of a right foot on him .
    26 years old … we alreay offloaded one of our strikers?
    ohh, he seem’s tobe a hit with the ladies (and clothing brands) , seems like a true ‘investment’ in every sense of the word , could do wonders for our global branding .

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #36

    i think he is two footed

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #37

    lol everyone knows what i mean

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #38

    shirt sales through the roof boys, mixed responses from koreans some say he is the shittest others say he is the best.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #39

    At the end of the day tom it dont matter what they say, he might have been born for the premier league he might be awful. He looks good and is on a free transfer so i call it good business on sams part.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #40

    hopefully he gets a fair crack

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