Joey Barton has admitted the charges of assault and affray, following his arrest in Liverpool just after Christmas.
Joey Barton – admits charges from December 27th last year
Barton, who is still only 25, became involved in a confrontation outside a McDonald’s restaurant on December 27 2007 around 5:00 am in the morning, after a night of drinking with his brother and a woman.
He apparently admitted the charges last month, but reporting restrictions were only lifted today at Liverpool crown court, where Barton is due to be sentenced.
Ousmane Dabo after his bust up with Joey last May
Barton will also face assault charges in his trial due at the end of June, for his assault on his Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo, in a training ground bust up on May 1st last year.
Those specific charges are strenuously denied by Joey.
Newcastle target Mikail Sylvestre of Manchester United, a friend of Ousmane Dabo, refused to consider Newcastle last year, because Barton was at the club.
We don’t know where all of this will lead to, and have no idea what impact the outcome of these trials will have on Joey Barton’s career at Newcastle United. But like we’ve always told the kids, actions have consequences and bad actions have bad consequences.
If found guilty of either charge, Barton will need to serve his punishment, but whether he will then be able to continue his career at the club would be questionable.
Obviously whether he is found guilty on either charges will have a big effect.