Newcastle United footballer Joey Barton has been jailed for six months, after admitting charges of assault and affray, in relation to a row outside a McDonald’s restaurant last December 27th.
Joey Barton – jailed for 6 months
This is the news all Magpies’ fans had been dreading, and we don’t know what affect this will have on Joey’s career at Newcastle United.
Certainly it’s a bad reflection against our club, whether we like it or not, and this offense was committed while he was at the club.
He also faces charges for assault, lodged against him when he is alleged to have assaulted his Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo, in a training ground bust up on May 1st last year.
Judge Henry Globe QC told him it was a “violent and cowardly act”
Barton, of Foxbank Road, Widnes, was caught on CCTV knocking an unidentified man to the ground, and he was then seen straddling his victim.
Barton then was seen to have punched the man four or five times, as his cousin threw food at the victim, before Barton punched him up to 15 times more.
Minutes later, the player attacked a 16-year-old,Â punching him and leaving him with broken teeth.
The confrontation followed a series of verbal confrontations, after a night out, during which Barton was said to have consumed 10 pints of lager and five bottles of lager.
Bartonâ€™s cousin, Nadine Wilson, 27, of Childwall, Liverpool, and his brother Andrew Barton, 20, also of Foxbank Road, Widnes, also pleaded guilty to their part in the assaults.
The hearing heard the footballer was remorseful about the incident, and had admitted to an alcohol problem.
The attack took place as the player was awaiting another trial for alleged criminal damage of a taxi. That’s 3 total offenses he has been charged with, and the first one has landed him in jail for 6 months.
The second charge against Dabo carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail if he is found guilty.
The player was suspended by Man City after the Dabo incident, and sold by the club to Newcastle United last June in a deal worth around Â£5.8m.
If the club had not been thinking of it before, we will now need to bring in a replacement for Barton, whether he stays at the club or not.
The Newcastle United Football Club did issue a short statement on the matter:
Newcastle United notes the sentence passed to Joey Barton at Liverpool Crown Court today.
The Club is considering the verdict and will be making no further comment at this moment.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the club will do, but this is an embarrassing moment for our great club.
It’s hard for us to sympathize with Barton on this.