Barton To Be Freed From Jail Today


Breaking news today that Joey Barton will be freed from the Manchester jail where he has been serving a 6 months jail sentence.

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Joey Barton – freed from jail today

Newcastle United bad boy and sometime footballer Joey Barton is set to walk free from prison today.

According to national newspaper reports coming out, some red tape held up his release by 24 hours, but he will soon be released from jail.

How he can get off so early – he’s served around 8 weeks of his 6 month sentence – after only recently having been given a 4 months suspended sentence imposed on him over the Dabo affair, is simply beyond us.

Apparently Barton, 25, was due out yesterday, but reports claim that parole chiefs had failed to sign off on his paperwork and were late in fitting his electronic tag in time.

The player has been held at Strangeways jail, in Manchester, and served just eight weeks of a six-month sentence for beating up two strangers outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool on 27th December.

But he’s a professional footballer and famous, so we guess that qualifies him to get off early :(   (sarcasm).

This is important for the Newcastle club, because we expect him to almost immediately meet with a Newcastle delegation and his agent Willie McKay, to sort out finally what happens next for the midfielder.

There is a definite possibility that Barton will be sacked by the club, although the fans seems to be fairly evenly split over the affair, with around 60% of our readers wanting him to be fired.

Our own personal view on this, is that the club should sack Joey, because the odds of him continuing to do these acts is just too high.

This is breaking news – so that’s all we have right now.



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62 comments so far

  • Will Camp

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    let him rot in there. dirty b**tard

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  • The real big AL

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Out of jail and into the job centre i hope

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  • Davies

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Not for me thanks. Let’s have a replacement who won’t attack anybody.

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  • Nev

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    thats how crap our countrys judicial system is, serve a 1/3 of ya time and get relased on “good behaviour”.
    Barton at pre-season monday morning?

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  • reillers

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s so typical. You’ve got people like him, “famous” wee lads, who’ve done something, been proven guilty, got a light sentence of 6 months, and he serves 8 weeks of it, when you see people arrested all the time for things that they’ve never done.
    If that was any of us, we’d still be sitting in a jail cell, with probably a much longer sentence then 6 months, with 4 suspended.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    “Newcastle United bad boy and sometime footballer Joey Barton”

    Classic, Ed 😀

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Well lets hope we sign two this week & then we sack him! he’s not fit to wear the shirt! everyone is intitled to a second chance but this must be this lads 4th or 5th! he’s bad news & we’re better rid! Barton out Inler in along with evans & Larsson! 1 thug gone 3 promising young players with expereince in!

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    not the new face we were hoping for today but remember 8 days ago (i think) wasn’t all the bad news about Barton’s sentencing followed by the Spiderman ? Watching official site very closely between 1pm and 6pm today!

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  • Leo

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    lucky git

    i guess he looses his holiday though lmao

    maybe he will be stronger on one foot because of the deadweight of having the monitor attached to his ankle

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  • Kris

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    This is a real tricky situation because of the lack of players we currently have,i personally dont rate or like joey as a player and sacking him would probly be the right thing todo,anybody with a violent past and bad attitude will always disrupt the rest of the team,it will be a strange feeling for the rest of the squad to be around this guy he could explode any second !!!!!

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    He is a sometime footballer i just feel Newcastle UTD will get the backlash from the “Barton Case” as other clubs will be booing him and maybe our team for this it could have a very bad effect to moral of the whole team, and i dont think hes worth that risk, but if hes comes in plays the best football he has ever played and is pinicle of us getting near or in UEFA Cup place then well be wrong about him.

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  • Kris

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    As for 8 weeks out of 6 month that just proves how much of a joke this country really is at the moment !!!!!

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  • simon P

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    joey needs a real punishment for his crime. I propose a 5 year contract at Sunderland.

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  • bailey

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    How can they make an example of Barton when they have another thug Dennis Wise as a Chief Exec.
    Both are a disgrace and when you read Arsenals centre forward on £35000 and no marks like Barton on £60000 there is something sadly wrong. Alan Smith whilst not hurting anyone is also on £60000 a week. It is madness.
    Also when KK is defending Barton I dont think he would be so keen if someone with that kind of record came calling on his daughter.

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  • Kris

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice one simon let the scum take him !! or even boro would be stupid enough

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    D-Day looming for Barton, as I’ve said earlier I believe he will stay at the club which isn’t my choice just what I believe will happen.

    KK (and co.) will choose and I’m happy to go with his decision.

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  • Chris

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Unless he is banned from professional football for life, which seems unrealistic, I think we will end up keeping him because of his potential worth. His attack on Dabo happened whilst a Man City player so it is not the responsibilty of Newcastle to punish him for that incident and I’m sure that Keegan will argue that he is willing to give him a chance as he was not the manager when the attack in Liverpool occurred – disciplinarian BS should have made sure he wasn’t out and about if injured.

    These are not my personal feelings, but with a paper thin squad, unfortunately I don’t think that Newcastle can afford to take the moral highground at the moment.

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  • 51times

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Welcome back, Joey.

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Any Muslim fans on the blog, how would he have fared under Sharia law?

    I am not advocating it, just curious how he would be treated for his misdemeanours using it.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought the system in Belgium was poor, but it seems to be the same in England. When somebody has to go to jail for a period, they only need to sit a little part of their sentence. Why do they give him 6 months, if they release him after a couple of weeks? He doesn’t deserve it, point!

    And he doesn’t deserve to be in a black n white shirt too.

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  • 51times

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Bill F – You do understand that Britain is not an Islamic Republic?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d rather get rid of SMITH!!!

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  • Hadji

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    If we dont use him for at least 1 full season without injuries then we will never know.Just look at the way he played when we were in danger of being relegated,he showed only 50 % of his talent.
    I’d say to keep him and judge him next summer but i think he learned his lesson while in jail.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #24

    I wonder if someone bought him a soap on a rope?

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #25

    A mate of mine claims to have insider knowledge and says Keegan can only buy once he’s sold. He can have a squad of 25 and, at the moment he has

    Shay Given
    Steve Harper
    Fraser Forster
    Habib Beye
    Ben Tozer
    Tamas Kadar
    Jose Enrique
    Steven Taylor
    Cacapa
    David Edgar
    Nicky Butt
    Jonas Gutierrez
    Charles N’Zogbia
    James Milner
    Geremi
    Joey Barton
    Abdoulaye Faye
    Damien Duff
    Kazenga Lua Lua
    Michael Owen
    Alan Smith
    Mark Viduka
    Obafemi Martins
    Andrew Carroll
    Shola Ameobi

    25 players who are likely to be named in 1st team squad

    If Barton goes KK can sign Inler – he claims

    Could be BS but might be true

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m muslim, and Sharia Law is not my fortee to be honest. I think it would have fared similar to what has happened, however I would imagine Sharia would not have taken into account his status, and would have aimed to be consistent with other judgements!

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  • xfer

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope you guys stay at home starting tomorrow.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #28

    @ MAG PIE: 5 of your players are under the age of 19, I don’t think anyone including KK will acknowledge them as first teamers!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #29

    I beleive that! he needs to sell because I really can’t see him given much cash to spend! I’d rather sell smith, ameobi, duff, geremi and viduka!
    wonder if KK is forced to sell OBA?
    what was that squeeking noise???

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Kash2 – my mate reckons they ARE to be considered part of the 1st team set-up. NUFC big into youth next season!

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #31

    HPS – I think KK wouldn’t mind selling Oba if it gave him £15million for 2 quality midfielders – remember Andy Cole?

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #32

    51times, I know that, but we do have some of our idiotic law supremo’s actually advocating some implementation of Sharia law in this country. I was just wondering, given the joke that our crime and punishment system is becoming, how more harshly would he be treated under Sharia.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashleys just blinding everybody with “A YOUTH POLICY” a policy just to save him money!!!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #34

    @Bill – As far as i’m aware, Sharia is more about consistency passed from judgement to judgement. So that the poorer man doesn’t necessarily get a harsher sentence than the rich man, and vice versa!

    Sharia Law and/or Islam was introduced in an era where land was governed by tribal leaders, when cruelty and corruption was rife.

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  • Soren

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #35

    I think Barton has improved since the fight in Liverpool both on the field, he played very very well from newyear and forth, but also off the field by having curfew and getting help from that Tony Adams institution. I think that KKs return also did good for Barton, as it didn’t seem like BSA got the best of him.
    So I’d say give the guy a chance to show his improvements, but this is his LAST chance.

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Thanks Kash2, I’d written my previous reply before I saw yours. We probably had a similar system before ours evolved to where it is today although I think it is devolving again.

    Anyway my solution would be for him and his line to be removed from the Gene Pool by castration.

    Only Joking 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    @ MAG PIE: Well god help us!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    No one should bite on 51 times tasteless remarks. Barton just leaves a nasty taste wherever he goes. It’s been lovely with him away. Now I’m depressed again. Barton really has that effect and brings us down. Barton = no Inler !

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  • John

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Magpie who’s your mate? Does he work for the club?

    Im all for Joey barton Staying with us…Everyone knew this was coming and now that its here everyone wants rid….

    Before all the trouble there is no doubt barton has quality..Was brillant a city…

    Give him one chance..I’m sure all this trouble played n he’s mind last season and now its all over im hoping to see the quality player joey barton back…

    If Keegan want’;s to give him another chance that should be it..He’s the manager at the end off the day and there the one’s that employ you and sack you…

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  • joe

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #40

    I neither like nor agree with what he’s done but i love the club more and right now we are seriously short of players, more so good ones which when at his best he certainly is. I just worry that we sack him and then some poxy little club get the best out of him.

    In the meantime, if KK wants to keep him then i trust his judgement as he knows more about him than anyone. If he stays then i hope he plays well as he is certainly capable. And if we boo him then we are hypocritical as he had commited these crimes and for the last few games he was supported by the toon army. A guilty verdict and spell in prison changed little really – he was always a violent get.

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