Newcastle Unitedâ€™s Joey Barton was today refused bail in Liverpool, following an alleged assault outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday morning at 5:00am.
Joey Barton – bringing disgrace to himself and the club
The 25-year-old Newcastle United star appeared in court this morning after spending yesterday in jail and he has been remanded in custody until January 3. He will therefore miss Newcastle’s New Year fixtures, which are the least of his troubles. He is accused of common assault and affray following the alleged incident outside a McDonaldâ€™s Restaurant in Liverpool city center early yesterday morning.
Barton appeared at Liverpool City Magistrates Court this morning with his brother Andrew, 19, and both have been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm and affray. Nadine Wilson, 27, of Huyton, Merseyside, has also been charged with common assault and affray. Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, is already due to stand trial next June accused of causing his former Manchester City teammate Ousmane Dabo actual bodily harm. He has pleaded innocent to that charge.
A Newcastle United spokesman said today:
â€œThe club is aware of an incident. Until we have more information it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.â€
Barton has had a troubled career both on and off the field. He was transferred to Newcastle in a Â£5.5M deal last June after leaving Manchester City over the alleged assault on Dabo during a training session in early April of this year. In September of last year, he was also in trouble for pulling down his pants and flashing his behind at Everton fans. When he moved to Newcastle he said he wanted to make a fresh start. Some fresh start!
We think Newcastle United should take a hard line with Joey. We believe there may have been a clause in his contract that if this kind of thing happened it was cause to terminate his contract, If Newcastle didn’t do that they nshould have, and there was news about this during the time of his signing.
Joey came to Newcastle with a zero tolerance level for this kind of behavior, and itâ€™s taken only a short 4 months to drag both his name and Newcastle United into the papers. We think he should be dismissed by the club.
What do you think?