Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has surprisingly returned to training at Newcastle United – less than three weeks after being charged with assault in Liverpool, but Barton’s bail conditions make him unavailable to play for Newcastle.
Joey Barton – back at Newcastle – but cannot play
Newcastle Caretaker manager Nigel Pearson said this afternoon:
“Joey had to be introduced to training because at the end of the day, he is one of our players,” “He has got back in the last couple of days to basically assess his fitness, and we will go from there.”
“What I can tell you is that the bail rulings are in place,” “Outside of that, I can’t really comment because I am not totally au fait with the details.”
“All I will say that any rules and regulations which are in place will be met by us.”
The footballer was arrested along with Andrew Barton, 19, (Joey’s brother) and 27-year-old Nadine Wilson on Church Street, in Liverpool city center on Thursday, 27th December. Barton was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray
What we can surmise from the scant information available is that Joey has a drinking problem. It seems that Joeyâ€™s an alcoholic, and now throughput his life, he will either have to abstain from alcohol, and hopefully be OK – or drink and get into trouble. Itâ€™s that easy and that hard being an alcoholic. It looks like he had a relapse just after Christmas.
But we know heâ€™s getting help from Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire and that his next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Liverpool. We don’t know if he has to attend that hearing in person.