As we expected Joey Barton has been given a suspended sentence in his Dabo trial.
Joey Barton – sentence of 4 months suspended for 2 years
This is hardly a surprise since the judge yesterday told Barton he would give him a suspended sentence if he were to plead guilty, and Barton immediately obliged.
Joey Barton was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and 200 hours of community service today in Manchester after admitting he attacked a former Manchester City team-mate Ousame Dabo, during a training match argument, leaving Dabo unconscious and covered in blood.
Barton is already serving a six-month sentence for an attack outside a Liverpool branch of McDonald’s on December 27th last year.
Today’s sentence has been suspended for two years.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Barton today:
“As a professional footballer you are someone who is talented and greatly idolized by young and old alike, whether you are playing at Manchester City and now at Newcastle United.”
“You are constantly in the public eye. You have a high profile, there would be instances of provocations … being an idol brings with it responsibilities which you have to carry with you all the time.”
“You want to be setting an example, particularly to those who idolize you, particularly youngsters who look up to you.”
As expected Newcastle United issued a statement immediately following the sentence:
Newcastle United notes the sentence passed to Joey Barton at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court today.
The Club now intends to hold discussions with Joey and his representatives at the earliest possible opportunity.
Until such time that this meeting has taken place, there will be no further comment from the Club.
We now expect that meeting to take place in the very near future, and for Newcastle to issue a more detailed statement on what they have decided to do with Barton, following that meeting.
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