Barton Changes Plea to Guilty


The Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has changed his plea from innocent to guilty,  just before the scheduled start of his trial today at Manchester Minshull Crown Court.

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Ousmane Dabo – arriving at court in Manchester today

Barton, 25, has now admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Ousmane Dabo, in a training ground incident, when they were team mates at Manchester City on May 1st, last year.

Barton has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons off the pitch, over the last three or four years, because of his anger and temper tantrums.

This is the third criminal trial this year for Barton, and in one he was declared innocent, but in the other he was found guilty of assault and affray and jailed for 6 months, a sentence which he is currently serving.

In April 2004, he stormed out of Eastlands before kick-off after being dropped from the side to face Southampton that day, and in a 2005 pre-season friendly game, although it was anything but that, he sparked a mass brawl in the game against Doncaster Rovers.

The fact that Barton has suddenly pleaded guilty, after previously strenuously denying the charges against him for over 13 months, may not stand him in good stead for the sentencing.

If he is found guilty we think there is a very good chance that his club, Newcastle United will sack him, immediately following the verdict.

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106 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Dabo should be glad that he is still alive.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #2

    BBC are stating he will be sentenced Tuesday morning Ed.

    But i think it could be next week before we hear from Newcastle.

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  • ToonTex

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Clear the decks of him. Sign Dabo while you are at it. Move on.

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  • Ruvio

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4

    aye, i think he’s a troubled lad that shouldnt be allowed in the world of football, or normal society
    he needs his head sorting, and the toon shouldn’t be paying his wages while it’s being done
    and toon_ksk, i dont think comments like that are necessary, from what i know, dabo is a top chap

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  • toooooon fan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    what a player barton was before all of this came about. i hope he wont get long in prison then he can come back and perform well representing newcastle

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  • Chris

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #6

    A reporter for SSN has just said that he expects Barton to get a suspended sentence. He also states that he’s already up for parole on the other incident! He’s a lucky git if that’s the case.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    This will be the last we see of joey barton boys! this lad was a fat sam buy! sadly for us he’s an idiot or we could sell him & get back most of what we paid for him! but he’ll go down & we’ll bin him! i for one say good ridance! we should of never brought this player to our club! yes he’s played ok in a handful of games but lets face it he’s nowt flash is he! he’s no Gerrard, no lampard, no scholes hell he’s not even as good as Kevin Nolan or jimmy bullard! lets get rid & get one of those two in! they would wear the no7 with pride & dignity! unlike some shamless lil scouse chava! joey barton is nothing but a thug with a great job! arsehole GET HIM OUT!!!!

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  • ji

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    great player and a credit to the newcastle team. lets get behind him!

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  • toooooon fan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    you’ll never guess who ive just seen now in my restaurant
    ARSHAVIN AND KEEGAN HAVING A NICE COSY CHAT. EXPECT TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMMORROW

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  • Joe Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #10

    really ‘tooooon fan’ ???

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  • John

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #11

    toon fan are you taking the piss?

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  • steve

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #12

    We knew when we signed him he was trouble – why oh why did Mort sanction it – leopard and spots springs to mind

    A Christmas bash for Manchester City players that December saw him stub a lit cigar into the eye of Jamie Tandy, a young team-mate. He was fined six weeks’ wages.

    In May 2005 he broke the leg of a 35-year-old pedestrian while driving his car at 2am in Liverpool city centre and the following month was involved in a spat with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City’s team hotel in Bangkok. Again he was fined by City.

    The bad blood with Everton fans continued in 2006 when he dropped his shorts in the direction of home fans at Goodison Park. He was fined and warned by the FA for his conduct.

    In February last year he made his England debut against Spain but a month later was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage in an incident involving a taxi driver.

    Three months later came the fight with Dabo, and a month after that he was sold by City to Newcastle Utd for £5.8 million. Barton sat out Newcastle’s Boxing Day game last year as he was injured, but went drinking in Liverpool city centre afterwards.

    In the early hours of December 27 he got into an argument in a McDonald’s restaurant and violence again broke out. Drunk, Barton straddled his victim, punching him repeatedly in the face. This time the attack was caught on CCTV. The player admitted assault and affray and was jailed for six months on May 20.

    Just ten days later he was brought back to court to deal with alleged criminal damage to a taxi in Liverpool, a charge dating back to March 2007. He was alleged to have ripped out the cabbie’s radio because he would not wait at a McDonald’s drive-through while Barton got food.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #13

    TOOONFAN!!! are you pullin my pisser!!! you must work in a nice resteraunt m8! unless MA slashed budget so far that KK took him for a beer & Burger! ha ha! is this for real my man? please let it be so!!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Steve – FFS sanctioned it.

    Waigaz – He does one every day, yesterday was aimar, day before was derdiyok etc.

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  • Graham

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #15

    toooooon fan – mmmm have you bee drinking while you should be working???

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  • Davies

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Tooooooon Fan, you are a fibber. Furthermore, do you really want this violent little scumbag representing your club.

    The more news there is about Joey Barton, the more sick of him I get. Not fit to wear the black and white. Wash your hands of him Kevin Keegan.

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  • Graham

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #17

    toooooon fan – have you been drinking?

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  • Big Si

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    I can’t believe he’s going to get off with a suspended sentance. If I was Dabo I would be bloody fuious with that.

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  • Graham

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #19

    I was once for keeping Barto and trying to rehabilitate him as he could end uplike Gazza.

    But now, today, after pulling my pods out at work for a fraction of what this guy is getting I say sack the nasty piece of work

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  • Davies

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Who says he’s going to get away with a suspended sentance?

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  • toooooon fan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    no straight up
    kk was telling him about swp coming as a midfield partner
    i work in a chinese place in the town centre the meedou

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  • Chris

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #22

    If you’s keep responding to toooon fans bull he’ll just keep it up. Probably a bored mackem or something. STOP GIVING HIM ATTENTION FFS.
    Do you honestly expect Keegan to be doing business in some restaurant for goodness sake.
    I don’t know who’s the dumbest, him for posting it or people believing it!

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  • toooooon fan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #23

    i was only joking about barton
    kick him out and roll on arshavin and swp
    with a new striker we could be great next season

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  • Chris

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24

    @ Davies. I was watching SSN and the reporter on there said it outside the court. He must of been at the hearing and said something about the judge considering a suspended sentence.
    Don’t shoot the messenger mind mate. I don’t believe it either. If anyone’s got access to Sky Sports News it will probably be repeated just after 5’o’ clock.

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  • Kash2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #25

    SACKED!!!!

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  • Martins

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #26

    toooon fan: I find it strange that KK is in your resaurant everyday discussing transfers. If you can come up with a picture we will believe you, but everyone can come up with stories like yours. Do you have any proof?

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  • Magpie6699

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Presumably, if he gets a suspended sentence it’ll be on the basis of his previous character.
    Errr…

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  • mozza

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    ha ha ha ne wonder keegans put the beef on being in that resteraunt e3veryday, please dont even ask him if this is true ffs

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  • cam_toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    toooooon fan….What??? you jokin or are u the great unwashed in disguise???

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  • Scoot

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #30

    It sounds like the scumbag’s defence has done a deal with the Judge so it wouldnt suprise me if he got a suspended or a shorter sentence.

    I dont even rate the little toerag. We really need to get rid of shite like him.

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  • SwedeEric

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    I sat behind Keegan and Wise in the cinema in the gate last night and they were talking about Turan and Arshavin all the time untill the movie started, my understanding for english might be bad, but think they said something about SWP also…

    Watch this space!

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  • SwedeEric

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    😉

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  • WIGAZ

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Well TOONFAN, the jurys out by the looks of most of the responses! i for one hope your tellin the truth! if so they will be a few with egg on their faces! i’ll be keeping 1 eye on 2moro! it would be a dream come true to get AA & SWP! we would be such a threat! mind you whether he’s talkin shite or not, you ahve to think lads something must have made owen want to sign a new deal? i know he loves playing for KK but he must know about incoming players being captain & that!

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  • steve

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    If he gets a suspended sentence part of the conditions should be that he’s not allowed to drink – he’s already blamed the fact he’s an alcoholic – tbh I can’t believe we didn’t do background checks on him, surely it wouldnt have been that hard to find out
    jeez what was fat sam doing

    As for Arshavin – no bloody chance

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  • Kash2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #35

    I was sat in the toilet cubicle next to KK at the public toilets in the bigg market. While I was trying to put my willy in the hole of the sides of the cubicle, I overheard KK’s conversation on his mobile phone. He was telling Dennis Wise on the girth and odour of his huge dump and how Dennis was very similar to what was exiting his A-Hole.

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  • Kash2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #36

    You heard it here first!!!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37

    KK should sign up at least ten glamour models to stand behind the goal posts at SJP!! and flash there tits!! this would help to destract away team members!!

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  • keegan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Aimar in by 4pm tomorrow

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  • Oba's Mum

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon Fan I saw KK in my local Asdas buying a chinese takeaway and beer pack £4.99, it may be noce food but he can’t live off it.

    As for Barton, He’s only really had 2 good games for us so lets get rid of him and get in a player that wants to play for us and not just be here to collect his wage packet

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  • Dan13

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Toooooooooon fan a jokes meant to be funny, your not your f*ckin tosser!

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