The prosecutor in Joey Barton’s trial today in Manchester, Richard Vardon, said the events at Manchester City’s training ground on May 1st of last year, were an “explosive combination of football and violence”.
Joey Barton – pleaded guilty to one charge – and will be sentenced tomorrow
Barton and Dabo had confronted each other after a row during a training match, the court was told.
Dabo, 31,Â was intimidated by Barton , and the Frenchman pushed the shoulder of Barton with both hands, at which point Barton retaliated by punching Dabo in the head, causing the Frenchman to fall over and lose consciousness.
Vardon said during the trial that several witnesses stated that Barton then continued to punch Dabo, while he lay on top of the player, and that Dabo couldn’t retaliate because he was in a dazed state.
Richard Vardon added that one witness of the fracas, footballer Georgios Samaras, said he had never seen such violence on a training pitch in all his career.
Barton admitted one charge of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), and will now be sentenced tomorrow, and the maximum sentence for causing actual bodily harm is five years in prison.
Dabo, 31, who now plays for Rome side Lazio, had flown in from Italy to be at the trial, and was in court to hear Barton plead guilty.
This is the third time Barton has been in criminal court during 2008, and he hardly is giving his club Newcastle United anything but embarrassing publicity.
Barton has, not for the first time, brought shame on himself and his club, at a time when Newcastle are attempting to attract good players to the club.
The news of Barton’ s guilt today is now being broadcast around the world, but Newcastle United said it would not be commenting on today’s hearing.
However, since the Newcastle Board now know Barton is guilty and simply has to be sentenced, we would expect them to hold a meeting to finally decide what they will do with the player.
We would expect Newcastle United Football Club to make an announcement tomorrow, announcing that decision, once the player has been sentenced.
It wouldn’t upset us one little bit if the club sacks him.