Joey Barton goes on trial again today in Manchester, for alleged assault on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.
Joey Barton – leaves jail this morning for another trial
Dabo is now playing for Lazio in Italy, but was allegedly attacked by Barton when both players were at Manchester City. The attack happened on May 1st of last year.
Witnesses for the prosecution will include former Manchester City manager and Newcastle player, Stuart Pearce, in addition to a number of the City players, who saw the incident.
Sylvain Distin, who is now at Portsmouth, and was on loan for a season at Newcastle under Bobby Robson, is one of the players who will appear as a prosecution witness.
Barton denies the allegations, but the ruling today could very well decide his Newcastle career, and it could be a bad news day for Barton.
Barton faces charges of actual bodily harm, which can carry a maximum sentence of six years in jail.Â The trial this morning will take place at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.
He is currently serving 6 months in jail for a conviction of beating up a person last December 27th, in the Liverpool city center, at 5:30 am in the morning.
We should know the results of the trial later today, and if it’s a guilty verdict Newcastle may announce their actions on Joey very soon.