Joey Barton Back In Court This Morning

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.  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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • geordie_jordan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    crossing my fingers. we could use the lad, our squad is small enough as it is and he can do a job in midfield for us.

  • Leo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    when someone gets time in jail say 1 week if they go in at 2pm on monday, do they have to be let out exactly on 2pm monday the next week? otherwise it would be a sentence of 1 week and the time where we can be bothered to pull our fingers out to open the locks to let you free?

    just a thought, joey barton has a while left doesnt he, when will we know if he gets some time off his sentence for ‘good behaviour’?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ll see – the positive scenario is he will be given another chance and he’ll make good at Newcastle.
    The other side is he’ll be found guilty today and the club will sack him.

  • Stami

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    if this Dabo trial doesnt go well Joey Barton wont see the light of day for a long long time. Possibly the end of his playing career!!!

    poor chap if thats the case. an extremely hard and harsh lesson to learn!!!

    here’s hoping that it all goes well for you Barton, and if it does, i hope you take your 2nd chance and use it!

  • scottish mag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    how would it be the rest of his playing career, joey has about 7 years left in him and you dont get that for assault do you stami???

  • Matthew

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Steady on Stami, if he’s found guilty he’ll get another 6 months or so, maybe even less.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    If he is found quality and given a substantial sentence it would most certainly mean the end of his top flight career.

    I’m sure he’ll get to play for a div 1 club when he’s released in several years

  • brownrob

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Personally I think they are gonna make an example of him and might well throw the book at him.

    I think the fact that Pearce is appearing as a witness for the prosecution speaks volumes

    However, one thing for Joey is the fact that Dabo is in Italy right now, and I was led to believe that may have loophole implications, Im not aware of the details.

    Im not sure I want to see him at the club. I was very disappointed when we signed him.

  • P

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    May I ask, if we sacked him coz of jail term, we don’t have to compensate him any, as he is still under contract?

  • Aussie Dave

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope he gets off this charge, can sort himself out and star for the toon. The boy has talent and you cant question his effort on the pitch.

    The question has to be asked, how is a training ground fight allowed to go on to the point of this, what were his teammates doing? I have played for a lot of years and these things happen all the time in training, usually people step in and stop them quickly.

  • Davies

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Not a harsh lesson at all Stami. He’s a thug and should know damn well what the consequences of his mindlessly violent behaviour will be.

    If they lock him up further I’m afraid it will be nothing more than he deserves.

    Football hooligans are bad enough off the pitch. We are always quick enough to criticise their behaviour. I for one would prefer it if Barton didn’t come back to SJP. Let’s get a replacement and move on.

    If he is to have another chance in the EPL, I’d rather it wasn’t with us. Not exactly the ideal ambassador for the club.

    Is this who you want representing you?

  • steve

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Can’t see him getting off due to the witnesses the prosecution have appearing – I know we knew this was hanging over him when we signed but the fact that he is now serving time for an ABH charge we didn’t know about will have a huge bearing on this trial – it’s fairly obvious that the judge will bear his current circumstances in mind and the obvious conclusion is that he just doesn’t learn or have any remorse for past crimes.
    The defence of alcholism and a hard upbringing is pretty much pathetic.

    Hopefully he’ll get off and knuckle down and play the football he’s capable of but I just can’t see that happening, more likely he’ll get another 6 months at least and end up playing championship football when he gets out


    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I would like to see him get off & come back a reformed character & play as well as he can! we’ve seen glimpses of what a good player Barton is, however, this lad has issues! he’s a couple of putters short of a golf bag & it will just be a matter of time until he does it again! i personally think he will get done for chinning Dabo! the evidence is damming! heard all the city team & pearce are witnesses against him! he will go down for 3-6years & we’ll sack him! give his no7 to larsson (hopefully we’ll get him) or even to milner! let jimmy play inside he is a model pro & so much more mature than JB ever will be! gazza mark 2 but sadly without the ability! goodbye joey! i hope for your sake you sort your life out whilst inside!

  • Graeme

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Lock him up – its almost a certainty!!

    We should have sacked him weeks ago. Maybe when he gets sent down yet again, NUFC will decide to do something about it. He’s not fit to wear a black & white shirt ever again.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    What i am most looking forward to today or tomorrow is someone from inside Newcastle United making a comment.

    The board MUST HAVE made there decision regarding Barton before today. This decision may be dependant on the result, but either way they have to come out and state their intentions with Barton.

  • evildick

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    sack him! he knew when we signed him it was his last chance. he doesn’t deserve to wear the shirt, end of story.

  • Chris

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    I can’t see Barton getting off with this. Also the fact that he’s pleading not guilty will add more time to his sentence. I can see him getting about 18 months and it will probably run concurrent with his other sentence. So I recon he’ll do about 9 months on good behaviour. Which is probably all next season.
    What our board will decide to do though is another matter. Surely they can’t be expected to pay his wages while he’s in jail. He not available to play for us, his fault not ours, so how can we be made to pay him. It wouldn’t happen in any other business!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh, Joey, Joey, Joey, Joey, Joey, Joey, Joey!..

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Just a different thought on Barton, regardless of the court case today.

    All of the Newcastle United players have not played or done anything for the club since Barton was sentanced.

    Having said that, from a purely Joey Barton point of view, hes done as much as any other player at the club and deserves to be paid.

    However come next Monday when the players return and Barton does not and in doing so breaches his contract, Newcastle Uniteds hand becomes that much stronger.

    I just wonder whether Newcastle have made there decision and are waiting for the start of training to sack him?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Very interesting point Entertainers…Never thought of it like that!..Good shout!..

  • Michael

    Jun 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Dabo plays for Lazio not Roma.

  • Sav

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #22

    If they didn’t make contingency for this when signing Barton, given the Dabo case was already confirmed, then they don’t deserve to be running a football club.
    That is why I can’t really understand the story of asking Barton to accept half pay over the MacDonald’s stramach. The consequences of losing the Dabo case must surely be written into his deal at NUFC?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Y’d think!..

  • ScottyT

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    well am sorry but he should be sacked regardless of the verdict today.. u cant just go around beating people up and expect to continue playing football, receiving ridiculous wages and playing for a gr8 club like nufc. he doesnt deserve any of it! sack him plz, not taking a wage cut while in jail unblieveable. 60k for sitting in jail cmon get rid man.

    if he goes down 2day thn he’ll be sacked and it only confirms what should have happened once he got jailed tha first tym..

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #25

    When Barton signed for us, im sure he was warned about his conduct. He obviously did NOT listen. He deserves the sack. He should be banned from all football grounds also, just like all the other football hooligans currently in his position. I have no sympathy for little radged puff

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed – the positive scenario would be if Barton were found guilty today and the club sack him.
    Any other result and British justice has spectacularly failed again. Too many thugs and low lifes think they can do what they want and never suffer the consequences. I for one hope NUFC are strong and do the right thing. This is far more than about money and whether in some people’s opinions he is a half decent player. It’s the far, far bigger picture we need to look at. Someone who is a total loser on our time, money and club name still gets hero worshipped by some on here. It defies belief. Peter Beardsley great player, great role model. Barton average footballer, classless, greedy, moronic, braindead thuggish chav.

  • ChilternMag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    According to the BBC website Joey Barton has pleased guilty to the charges.

  • dingo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28
  • Chris

    Jun 30, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton has pleaded guilty to the charge.

  • ANON

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #30

    RONALDEANO, ha ha h ah ah ahahh!!
    Charva boy “Radged?????Radged???” Ha ha ha ha….
    I was right all along.



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