News is breaking that Joey Barton has just been released from prison.
Joey Barton – released from prison today
This is not too much of a surprise since Kevin only yesterday said that Joey would be released before the end of July.
However we do expect the Newcastle club to make some statement as to what they will now do with the player.
Since Kevin yesterday said he would welcome back Joey to Newcastle, we have to think the club will be giving him yet another chance, but we think Newcastle should issue an official statement about the overall situation with their player.
Barton has therefore served just over 2 months of a 6 months sentence he was given for attacking a man in the Liverpool city center, on December 27th last year, after a night of drinking, that was caught fully on closed circuit TV cameras.
One question outstanding is whether Barton will have to take a wage cut to stay on Tyneside.
Newcastle tried to cut his wages in half a few weeks ago, but both Barton and his agent Willie McKay seemed to be insulted by such a suggestion, so that’s at least one issue we need to understand better from the club.
Barton was wearing jeans and a sweater and carrying a holdall when released. He shook hands with a friend waiting for him outside the prison gates, but he made no comment to reporters, before getting into a silver Land Rover and being driven off.
We have no idea where he was going, but we do expect him to report to Newcastle United, probably some time today.
Barton has also been given a four-month suspended sentence, after being convicted of an assault on his former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo last year, with the sentence being handed down late last month.
This is breaking news so we expect more about this today – comments welcome.