Newcastle Embarrassed As Barton Jailed For 6 Months


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.

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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,  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.

Barton’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 £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.



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105 comments so far

  • steve

    May 20, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #1

    He had it coming, I’d imagine this will have a huge knock on effect to the dabo court case. Luckily we’ll be able to cancel his contract so at least we wont be paying for him.

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  • broon ale

    May 20, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    ed, where did you find the details of the incident which took place outside Mcdonalds. I.e, how many times he threw punches and the damage to the car etc?

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  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Once again Newcastle in the spotlight for all the wrong reason’s

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  • Pete

    May 20, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s not that bad, he will be out in 6-8 weeks with a tag.

    He will deffo be back for pre season, I guarantee

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  • steve

    May 20, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    @broonale – http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1050391_joey_barton_jailed?rss=yes

    @Pete – It’s pretty bad if you bump into him when he’s had a drink (especially if you’re a skinny teenager) let’s face it he’s a thug who deserves to be kicked out of the club. He played okay in the latter part of the season but nowt special, we really dont need this type of publicity at the club and we may as well recoup what we can out of this disaster

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  • Graeme

    May 20, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    He should be made an example of. But in UK society, there are those who will glorify him, no doubt.

    He should never play fof NUFC again, his contract should be cancelled and his registration withheld. Anyone wants him, they will have to come and buy his registration – the same as the Chelski coke-head.

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  • James

    May 20, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    It would make a great statement to other players and the media, if we did the right thing and sacked him. We would get a lot of respect for it.

    Ashley doesn’t need the money, and Newcastle don’t need this continued bad press that Barton brings to the club.

    GET RID!

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  • James

    May 20, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I pray that KK and the owners see sense and leave this liability to rot in jail.

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  • bo

    May 20, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Yet again newcastle in the news for something other than football. Newcastle are famous round europe. For being a joke!!

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  • Scotty

    May 20, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    sacking him? wat a disgrace! stick by him and help thats wat he needs. typical public response “lets just sack him”

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  • Lawman

    May 20, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    to be honest, we brought it upon ourselves. we got rid of trouble makers like Bellamy, Dyer Bowyer, L.Robert etc etc but then we go and bring in someone KNOWN for his off-field antics (and men straddling). Picking on a 16yo kid ffs!!!!

    Just a pretty average player but with the extra baggage he brings as a person is definately not worth even half the £5.8 we paid for him.

    Pete’s right, he will probably be back in 6-8 weeks time but what about the longer term -ve impact and damage to the club and it’s reputation?

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  • valle

    May 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    I know has nothing to do with the story, but it seems like allot of ppl feels the same disgust towards spurs as myself, so i just wanted to present my stone written proof to spurs fans why they are to big for their own ego’s… It was an answer to a guy that pointed out that spurs fans had reason to be deluded unlike NUFC fans (an Article about Everton, Manure, Arsenal, Us and Spurs being after Veloso)

    “Tottenham fans have reason to be slightly deluded”

    Exactly why is that?

    Top Division titles ever of the clubs linked…

    Manchester United 17

    Arsenal 13

    Everton 9

    Newcastle United 4

    Tottenham Hotspurs 2

    The lowest amount of league titles ever won…

    Finishes in the EPL since 93/94 when all linked teams where present in the league.

    93/94
    1 Manchester United
    3 Newcastle United
    4 Arsenal
    15 Tottenham Hotspur
    17 Everton

    94/95
    2 Manchester United
    6 Newcastle United 42 14 6 1 46 20 6 6 9 21 27 72
    7 Tottenham Hotspurs 42 10 5 6 32 25 6 9 6 34 33 62
    12 Arsenal 42 6 9 6 27 21 7 3 11 25 28 51
    15 Everton 42 8 9 4 31 23 3 8 10 13 28 50

    95/96
    1 Manchester United 38 15 4 0 36 9 10 3 6 37 26 82
    2 Newcastle United 38 17 1 1 38 9 7 5 7 28 28 78
    5 Arsenal 38 10 7 2 30 16 7 5 7 19 16 63
    6 Everton 38 10 5 4 35 19 7 5 7 29 25 61
    8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 9 5 5 26 19 7 8 4 24 19 61

    96/97
    1 Manchester United 38 12 5 2 38 17 9 7 3 38 27 75
    2 Newcastle United 38 13 3 3 54 20 6 8 5 19 20 68
    3 Arsenal 38 10 5 4 36 18 9 6 4 26 14 68
    10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 4 7 19 17 5 3 11 25 34 46
    15 Everton 38 7 4 8 24 22 3 8 8 20 35 42

    97/98
    1 Arsenal 38 15 2 2 43 10 8 7 4 25 23 78
    2 Manchester United 38 13 4 2 42 9 10 4 5 31 17 77
    13 Newcastle United 38 8 5 6 22 20 3 6 10 13 24 44
    14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 7 8 4 23 22 4 3 12 21 34 44
    17 Everton 38 7 5 7 25 27 2 8 9 16 29 40

    98/99
    1 Manchester United 38 14 4 1 45 18 8 9 2 35 19 79
    2 Arsenal 38 14 5 0 34 5 8 7 4 25 12 78
    11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 7 7 5 28 26 4 7 8 19 24 47
    13 Newcastle United 38 7 6 6 26 25 4 7 8 22 29 46
    14 Everton 38 6 8 5 22 12 5 2 12 20 35 43

    99/00
    1 Manchester United 38 15 4 0 59 16 13 3 3 38 29 91
    2 Arsenal 38 14 3 2 42 17 8 4 7 31 26 73
    10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 10 3 6 40 26 5 5 9 17 23 53
    11 Newcastle United 38 10 5 4 42 20 4 5 10 21 34 52
    13 Everton 38 7 9 3 36 21 5 5 9 23 28 50

    00/01
    1 Manchester United 38 15 2 2 49 12 9 6 4 30 19 80
    2 Arsenal 38 15 3 1 45 13 5 7 7 18 25
    11 Newcastle United 38 10 4 5 26 17 4 5 10 18 33 51
    12 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 6 2 31 16 2 4 13 16 38 49
    16 Everton 38 6 8 5 29 27 5 1 13 16 32 42

    01/02
    1 Arsenal
    3 Manchester United
    4 Newcastle United
    9 Tottenham Hotspurs
    15 Everton

    02/03
    1 Manchester United (C) 38 16 2 1 42 12 9 6 4 32 22 83
    2 Arsenal 38 15 2 2 47 20 8 7 4 38 22 78
    3 Newcastle United 38 15 2 2 36 17 6 4 9 27 31 69
    7 Everton 38 11 5 3 28 19 6 3 10 20 30 59 ‘
    10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 9 4 6 30 29 5 4 10 21 33 50

    03/04
    1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 40 14 11 8 0 33 12 47 90
    3 Manchester United 38 12 4 3 37 15 11 2 6 27 20 29 75
    5 Newcastle United 38 11 5 3 33 14 2 12 5 19 26 12 56
    14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 9 4 6 33 27 4 2 13 14 30 -10 45
    17 Everton 38 8 5 6 27 20 1 7 11 18 37 -12 39

    04/05
    2 Arsenal 38 13 5 1 54 19 12 3 4 33 17 51 83
    3 Manchester United 38 12 6 1 31 12 10 5 4 27 14 32 77
    4 Everton 38 12 2 5 24 15 6 5 8 21 31 -1 61
    9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 9 5 5 36 22 5 5 9 11 19 6 52
    14 Newcastle United 38 7 7 5 25 25 3 7 9 22 32 -10 44

    05/06
    2 Manchester United 38 13 5 1 37 8 12 3 4 35 26 38 83
    4 Arsenal 38 14 3 2 48 13 6 4 9 20 18 37 67
    5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 12 5 2 31 16 6 6 7 22 22 15 65
    7 Newcastle United 38 11 5 3 28 15 6 2 11 19 27 5 58
    11 Everton 38 8 4 7 22 22 6 4 9 12 27 -15 50

    06/07
    1 Manchester United 38 15 2 2 46 12 13 3 3 37 15 56 89
    4 Arsenal 38 12 6 1 43 16 7 5 7 20 19 28 68
    5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 12 3 4 34 22 5 6 8 23 32 3 60
    6 Everton 38 11 4 4 33 17 4 9 6 19 19 16 58
    13 Newcastle United 38 7 7 5 23 20 4 3 12 15 27 -9 43

    07/08
    1 Manchester United 38 17 1 1 47 7 10 5 4 33 15 58 87
    3 Arsenal 38 14 5 0 37 11 10 6 3 38 20 44 83
    5 Everton 38 11 4 4 34 17 8 4 7 21 16 22 65
    11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 5 6 46 34 3 8 8 20 27 5 46
    12 Newcastle United 38 8 5 6 25 26 3 5 11 20 39 -20 43

    Average endings in the EPL…

    Newcastle 7,9
    Tottenham 10th

    Tired of throwing all this proof at ya, so lets just agree that Arsenal and Man Utd will both be above that and Everton below.

    Newcastle Finishes above Spurs out of the last 15 seasons…

    9 to Spurs 6… Sigh… rest my case

    Oh, and did i mention that Spurs have NEVAH played modern day Champions League?

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  • James

    May 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #13

    @Scotty. He’s had plenty of chances during his career and he’ll get plenty of help and counselling during his sentence. It doesn’t have to be at our expense. Then, when he’s ready to come back into society, he will, and then he can become someone else’s problem. Everyone wins.

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  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    @ VALLE
    Pat on the back for that mate

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  • Thomas

    May 20, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    in the long run this could be the best thing that has ever happened to him. If prison doesn’t make you wake up and see how good you have it then nothing will.

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  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    GUTTED although if he did that then he deserves it we need another center midfielder because of this, quick question… why did the trial agaisnt him vrs dabo taken longer to go to trial???

    and did we have it in his contract that he goes back to mancity if this happens?

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 20, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    so for all the poor journalism headed towards newcastle they now have a story that they can write about for a few weeks on top of all the rest of the crap that goes with it.

    I did agree with Sam that Barton was a better player than Parker – however the fact that he has actually made other players think again about signing for us says it all.

    After hurting Dabo, Silvestre wouldnt sign for us, so it still could maybe have a knock on effect with some other french players – who knows.

    Also we were doing well for being on the back pages rather than the front for a while. Would love to see the toon go a season with no controversy – is it too much too ask?

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  • steve

    May 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I can’t believe people are defending Barton and saying we should help and support him – I’m fed up of these right on social workers who blame everything on a hard upbringing – stand him against the wall and shoot the bugger – he’s had enough chances and while we’re there sterilise the dolies and sickness benefit cheats and chavs rant rant

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  • Pete

    May 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    It was just a fight after too much ale. Get off your high horses, we have all been there.

    If he wasn’t famous then this would have never even made it into court.

    Stop talking about damaging our reputation, we are laughed at by EVERY club, our reputation can not get any lower.

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  • valle

    May 20, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Theres a pretty big difference between a fight and an assault mate… I have been in my fair share of fights due to my tember and friends in need, but i think assaults are the way of the coward and i would never accept that as ok.

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  • Eric

    May 20, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Once again I say James has put it in a nutshell. If
    we concentrate on Barton we lose sight of the big picture. The big picture is success at some level season for NUFC. So, who gets the number 7 shirt? And the No 8, and the 4, etc etc. Matters for Barton are not over by a long chalk, but they for Barton and NUFC. The club has got to make that clear.

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  • Spurs Fan

    May 20, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Valle

    You are a typical Geordie boy who thinks their club is great because you have won nothing in 40 years. Spurs at least have been 5th two seasons running in the premiership and won a major trophy this year.

    Good luck in Europe in 08/09 season…… oh I forgot, your not in Europe lol

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  • Kash2

    May 20, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Sounds like he beat the f***k out of the bloke! Not surprised considering they’re all a bunch of dirty scousers!

    Give him a treadmill in his cell and let him run his ass off while serving time. Plus if he gets bum raped he might come back a more resilient player.

    This punishment might actually be the making of Barton!

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  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    just thought if he had something in his contract which stated that he would go back to mancity if he was jailed for anything therefore the 5.8million would come back to newcastle…

    someone stated the other day that our clubs net outlay since mike ashley took over was about 5 million

    well now it is minus 800,000

    tut tut tut we need to be moving on the markets especially now that we loose another player in a position that we are particularly weak

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  • Bill F

    May 20, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m with Steve, to many bleeding hearts looking to give thugs a soft option. Chop his goolies off I say. He’s not one of these animal/human hybrids the government want to legalise perchance.

    It would be interesting to hear how the rest of the players feel about him coming back into the club, will they want to play with him.

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  • Taiwantoon

    May 20, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #26

    One of Sam’s biggest mistake was signing Barton IMO. Nothing against his footballing ability, but image is just almost as important as that in professional sport.

    I don’t think it is right to sake him this time tho, but we should weight personality as well as ability for future signings. Having said that, we have someone rather similar to Mr. Barton in the player recruitment team, don’t we?

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  • James

    May 20, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #27

    The fact that the club has officially said they are taking things into consideration and will respond later – suggests they are getting ready to sack him.

    Otherwise they’d come out with immediate declarations of support.

    The club lawyers will be dotting the i’s and preparing to cut ourselves loose from this moron once and for all.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 20, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #28

    steve is a right-wing Nazi thug

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  • Total Flanker

    May 20, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #29

    If Barton pleaded guilty to assault last month, how long have the club known about it? Why wait until sentencing before deciding what to do? If the judge had decided to be lenient it wouldn’t have made Barton’s actions any better – guilty is guilty. Was it really that important to have him in the team?

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  • geoffo

    May 20, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #30

    How many nights out have you experienced when some ignorant low life has assaulted an innnocent person for looking at him the wrong way or looking ‘different’? Too often in my experience., some have even ended up dead! Get rid I say and the sooner the better, we cannot be seen to condone this sort of behaviour, young kids watch our team and to have a reference point like Joey Barton in their footballing lives would be irresponsible of NUFC. HE HAS TO GO.

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  • Jeff D

    May 20, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe the reason they are considering things is to see if they can get a better replacement in during the transfer window?

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  • valle

    May 20, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Here we go with the personal attacks on bloggers again… I swear sometimes i think bored mackems are regular users of this blog, looking to stir things up.

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  • steve

    May 20, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    @Hamas – errr you’re the one going on about queen and country – I just want to get rid of the thugs, drugs and chavs that continually scrounge off “your country”
    At the end of the day the country is a business not a charity if you aint contributing either by taxes or effort then you should be kicked out – otherwise we’ll end up a third world country – nothing right wing about that and I don’t give a toss what colour or creed you are as long as you contribute so nothing nazi about that

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  • michael

    May 20, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #34

    It was a scrap. he just won that’s all. and we have no idea if the 16yr old was 6’3″ or 5’1″, or carrying a knife or with 10 of his mates and throwing stones at Barton. High horses the lot of you. You should be ashamed at how quickly almost all of you changed you opinion based on half a story.

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  • Bill F

    May 20, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #35

    As for the current Spuds zenophobia, isn’t it getting a bit over the top. Any number of clubs were interested in Modric and they had the nous to get him, it was bloo*y annoying but we do not have to start a blood feud over it. As long as we beat them whenever we play them and finish above them ( and most of the other teams) then I will be happy. Pax footballis gentlemen.

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  • Mick G

    May 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Barton has more baggage than Heathrow get rid, is footballing ability is irrelevent.

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  • Stephen Bell

    May 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #37

    From a Man City Fan

    I’m sorry for you guys. Especially sorry for Kevin Keegan for inheriting the problem, not of his own choosing. Your Sam was mad to have bought Barton. We were SO GLAD TO GET RID. Please don’t feel at all sorry for Barton. He has had so many chances whilst at City it was unbelievable. He should really be put away for a long time. Hopefully NUFC should not suffer too much. Cancel his contract as soon as possible. He is very very bad news.

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  • valle

    May 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    michael… And you have no idea either, so rest the Ifs and Buts will ya… He pleaded guilty in assault, thats all you need to know.

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  • valle

    May 20, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Bill F… I have disliked Spurs way before the Modric transfer, think its their fans… Just thought i would share it with you guys after doing some work on it in an argument with a spurs fan on another site.

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  • bo

    May 20, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Cant understand the hatred for spurs. They are a bigger team with a better squad and have won more trophies. End of.

    Spurs being a london team and playing in europe can and will attract the better players and it doesnt look like that will change in the forseeable future.

    As for barton. He is a knob and should be released from his contract to save face. I expect him to end up at the spammers in the near future

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