Sylvain Distin Fined £2,000 For Barton No Show

Former Newcastle United defender Sylvain Distin has been fined £2,000 for failing to attend the assault trial of former team-mate Joey Barton.


Distin while on loan at Newcastle during the 2001-2002 season

The Frenchman had been warned he could have faced a jail term if his absence had led to a delay in court proceedings.

But since Barton pleaded guilty at the last moment, to avoid jail time, the trail was aborted and as it turned out Distin was not needed.

Distin, who is now 30 years old, ignored a summons to appear in court and had the cheek to leave for Crete, for a holiday with his family just days before the hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on June 30th.

Do you think these footballers live in the real world?

The Portsmouth defender was to be a witness for the prosecution at the trial related to the training ground altercation at Manchester City last May 1st, in which Barton violently attacked fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dabo.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Distin his non-appearance would have halted the case if Barton had not changed his plea to guilty, and a custodial sentence on Distin could have then been served.

But he was fined just £2,000, hardly a massive financial impact to a player who must be on around £60,000 a week at Pompey.

Distin played 28 games for Newcastle United, while on loan from PSG, but then refused to sign a four year deal at the club, offered to him by our manager at that time, the great Bobby Robson.

Instead Manchester City came in and offered him a better wage deal and he was off to City, and a certain manager there, called Kevin Keegan.

If we had persuaded Sylvain to stay with us, it seems unlikely our defense would have been so maligned over the last several years, since Distin was very solid at the heart of the Eastland cub’s defense.

The 6’4″ Distin moved last summer to Portsmouth, as a free agent, after serving out his 5 year contract at Eastlands.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    ha ha ha haha ha ha ha distin was a good footballer for newcastle i wish we had kept him, nevermind life goes on

  • Davies

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh well. Suppose he’ll be skint for the rest of the month now. Oh, wait……..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Skint for the rest of the afternoon, more like!.. 😀
    …He prob thought dabo deserved it, i guess?..

  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Should still be at the TOON!! Gr8 player!! HAHAHA Should of fined him 2 mill,the traitor!!!

  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    thts right – hit em where it hurts – the wallet. bet he’s gutted…

  • oga

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    SBR made few errors when he managed us.

    However letting Distin go was one of those minor errors.

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought his comment for not interrupting his holiday was briliant. If the justice system could postpone the hearing for the end of the football season, surely they could wait for Distin to return from holiday! LOL

  • spanishtoon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    newcastle are apparently attempting a move for Bojan.

  • robertsa

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    toons possible defensive buys this summer and the odds that they will come.

    cuellar 12/1

    collocini 12/1

    koncheskey 9/1

    ferdinand 8/1

    rat 9/1

    shorey 8/1

    ben haim 20/1

    kaboul 14/1

    boyce 20/1

    samba 20/1


    crespo 50/1
    derdiyok 20/1
    bojan 150/1
    eto 145/1
    boyd 70/1
    henry 70/1

    I am hoping for 4 defenders and 1 striker i better make it clear im not willing to

  • dougnufc

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #10
  • Matt

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Monnet-Paquet looks a quality prospect, he’s as quick as Martins but has more of a footballing brain.

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Matt – have you seen him play?

  • John

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #13

    who cares about distin

  • John

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Distin should off got time…That would be well funny

  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #15

    i know of Paquet but i must admit i have never seen him play, he is supposed to be a good prospect, someone fill me in

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Spanish toon – Where’d you hear this?

  • steve

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Probably would have cost him more to fly back and stay in hotel during trial

  • normski1930z

    Jul 14, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Bojan Krkić= bollox…..

  • Will Camp

    Jul 15, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19

    typical french player. rejected us 5 years ago for more money. reminds me of nzogbia, bernard and robert, not forgetting guivarch.


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