Barton Just Released From Prison


News is breaking that Joey Barton has just been released from prison.

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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.



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44 comments so far

  • MMNUFC

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Last chance joey make it count.

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  • DanToon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Can he go to Mallorca this weekend or does he have to stay in the country?

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Would have thought he’ll have to stay in the country. Not saying anymore on the subject.

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  • Matt

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d say he’s got about 5 or 6 games to prove himself before everyone disowns him. If he plays his heart out then I see no reason why we can’t welcome him back.

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  • MattyDread

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think Joey’s being given a second chance – surely this is his fourth or fifth chance??

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  • greg

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I think scraping his studs down Dickson Etuhu’s nads in the Derby surely won him back his place in Geordies’ hearts?

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  • Callum

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Released just 2 months into a 6 month sentence for what he done just shows what a sham the legal system is in the country.

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  • 51times

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    greg – That was a great moment.

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  • Midjew

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_3877744,00.html

    ANOTHER player for Sunderland.

    Thats what 6 or 7 Signings ?

    RUBBISH I WANT MORE SIGNINGS!!!

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  • 51times

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Midjew – To be fair it’s not like they’ve signed much quality. Diouf is alright but hardly world class.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    good to have barton back, i for one am a fan and we need him!!

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  • clinta

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    let’s hope he doesn’t stop by mc donalds on the way home for a burger and a slapping of a man?(teenager wasn’t it).

    will be displeased if he’s still on contract wage.

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  • cloudstrife

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #13

    i’m all for giving chances, but only if you desreve it. Barton’ s done nothin to show he deserves another chance. prove it first Barton. prove u deserve to wear the Black & White!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    51times, it’s not world class sunderland are after, but they’re getting in quality that’s going to make next season’s derby very difficult.

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Just seen this on footylatest.com, don’t know how good the information is:

    It has just been announced in the Spanish media that Deportivo’s Fabricio Coloccini will sign for Newcastle “in the next few hours”.

    The player and his agent, Marcelo Lombilla, have submitted a formal offer to the club of a transfer of 10 million euros, which is expected to be accepted.

    Deportivo La Coruna are in a financial crisis and are desperate for sales to refill the coffers. This will just be the first of many deals in the coming weeks.

    Negotiations have proceeded quicker than expected and Coloccini could be in Newcastle as early as tomorrow. Newcastle have already agreed personal terms with the player and he will sign a four year contract.

    The only stumbling block to the deal is that Depor want Newcastle to pay the full amount in cash immediately but Newcastle want to pay in instalments. But that is not insurmountable.

    The Argentine international had told the club that he wanted to leave when he came back from the World Cup Qualifying games, and he has admitted that Newcastle have come up with the best offer and has made up his mind fully.

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  • Spot The Zebra

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Remembering his good form at the end of last season and the fact Joey will now be gagging to repay Keegans faith in him then i have no doubt this lad will be imense for us this time round.Just you watch.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    I suppose it is too late to organise a bodyguard from Central Station? Is he tagged? And if so – how can you play with one of those on?

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  • Graham

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Colloccini to sign today apparently…

    http://footylatest.com/news/news.php?item.1350.4

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Deportivo’s Coloccini will sign for Newcastle today
    Monday 28 July 2008 – 05:45:26 – Click to post or view

    It has just been announced in the Spanish media that Deportivo’s Fabricio Coloccini will sign for Newcastle “in the next few hours”.

    The player and his agent, Marcelo Lombilla, have submitted a formal offer to the club of a transfer of 10 million euros, which is expected to be accepted.

    Sounds positive…hope joey knuckles down and gets back to his best.

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  • Graham

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Get Barton down to some serious pre season work to get the past few weeks out of his system.

    Work him like the dog he is – see if he’s really committed to his future

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I think Pennant played with a tag.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    i love joey, he is one of my fav players. thats why my name is geordie gerrard, he is our geordie stevie g

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  • Stelios

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    http://footylatest.com/news/news.php?item.1350.4

    being reported in spain that we are close to signing Collocini

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  • MattyB

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24

    has just been announced in the Spanish media that Deportivo’s Fabricio Coloccini will sign for Newcastle “in the next few hours”.

    The player and his agent, Marcelo Lombilla, have submitted a formal offer to the club of a transfer of 10 million euros, which is expected to be accepted.

    Deportivo La Coruna are in a financial crisis and are desperate for sales to refill the coffers. This will just be the first of many deals in the coming weeks.

    Negotiations have proceeded quicker than expected and Coloccini could be in Newcastle as early as tomorrow. Newcastle have already agreed personal terms with the player and he will sign a four year contract.

    this has been posted on another site, not sure of how valid these claims are?? might be another aimar is due to sign in 24hrs which neva happened

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Beat me to it graham : 0
    Sounds positive and hopefully we can snare a few more..i think if ashley spent 80m this window we would challenge for UEFA spot under keegans guidance.

    80m is nothing when you have 2 billion in the bank.

    We want a war chest!
    We want a war chest!

    Keegan won’t come back if he leaves again so Mike should seize the chance to make history over the next couple of years…good attacking football..solid defence,flair,fight and creativity in the midfield and a strike force fed lots of opportunities to bang the goals in !!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Geordie Gerrard what are you on about you called yourself Gerrard because of Joey Barton…you will need to expand on that I just don’t see the link?

    Its like me calling myself Denis Wise because I love Gary Lineker…hmmmm

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    51 times raises his ugly head again. This is a NUFC forum, not the BNP. Beye, Martins and Nzogbia play for us remember. What a moronic comment from Greg – just about on Barton’s level it has to be said.

    Ashley doesn’t have 2 billion. After buying us and having to pay a lot more than expected with the size of the debt Shepherd had neglected to
    tell him about, it’s down to about 1.3M and it’s paper money tied up in assets , not liquid.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    because barton is our very own stevie g, combatitve midfielder who gets from box to box, will be great for us this year

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  • dingo

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #29

    welcome back joey

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  • toonoot

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #30

    …. loads a soap to get outa his system ….

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #31

    GeordieGerrard…I still don’t see the link why didn’t you just have a barton style name?

    Like the following

    BartonMagpie
    Bartonlover
    BartonBoy
    JoeyBartoon
    Box2Boxjoey

    ?

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Howay the Mags!

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  • ernieb

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #33
  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Wll he will be back that is for sure after KK his interview. Is it good for the club? I don’t think so.

    – some players will refuse to come to play with such an idiot
    – he has got more than a second chance, I think it is his fifth chance now
    – being a pro player results in having lots of kids who look up at you. i would not be pleased if my son would be a huge fan of a player like Barton. So he could not handle the fact that he has got to be an example for the youngster.
    – if a ‘normal’ employee does something like Barton did 5 or 6 times he would lose his job after the 2nd time. So Barton had chances enough.

    Even if the squad is tto thin I would not want to have him at the club. But we will have to live with that, cause he will stay.

    Guys don’t get too carried away about Coloccini; it looks a bit the same as the Aimar thing. So pls for yourselves wait untill it is officialy announced to get carried away.

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  • The Second Coming

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #35

    A chance for Joey Barton to chill. Ha’way and make us proud.

    May 2005: Ran over and broke the leg of a 35-year-old pedestrian at 2am in Liverpool.

    June 2005: Had spat with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City’s team hotel in Bangkok and fined by his club.

    Dec 2005: Stubbed out a cigar in team-mate Jamie Tandy’s eye at Christmas party. Fined six weeks wages.

    2006: Dropped his shorts at Everton fans at Goodison Park. Fined and warned by FA

    March 2007: Arrested on suspicion of trashing a taxi after the driver refused to wait at a McDonald’s in Liverpool. Later cleared after cousin Joshua Wilson, 19, confessed.

    Dec 2007: Caught on CCTV straddling and punching his victim repeatedly in the face in McDonald’s in Liverpool.

    May 2008: Jailed for six months for assault.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #36

    We Newcastle fans are not all the same and are sick of being tarred with the same brush.I for one will never set foot in SJP again until this serial pycho nutter has left our club.
    KK has gone down hugely in my estimation. KK was my god. Not any more.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Nick thats a bit steep isn’t it? KK is a clever guy & as much as i too think barton has a screw lose i have to agree that the lad is a box to box & we dont excactly have them in huge supply at the moment m8, now if we had a young scholes or gerrard lampard type player coming through ranks then yeah get well rid of barton but we dont! so he’ll get his chance & i for one hope he takes it & becomes the type of player he’s capable of being on top of his game, there we’re times when he was at city that he looked fantstic & he showed glimpses last season when KK returned, some gr8 little through balls to owen & oba & some serious hard graft. If the likes of barton & duff can get back to what they once were then i think we’ll be more of a threat next season. But make no mistake about it IF he screws up one more time they have got to bin him! he should be escorted to & from training by club security & same with when he’s out & about he’s a good player but a danger to himself & others if left unsupervised!

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  • acurley

    Jul 28, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #38

    I think there’s a deeper problem with joey Barton.
    If you look at most of his problems it’s caused either by alcohol or someone admittingly winding him up. If you hear of anyone talking to him under ‘normal’ circumstances he comes across as bright, polite, nice and decent. I think he needs help and that is what Newcastle united and Kevin Keegan are going to give him.
    Will he reward them for it… I don’t think that’s what it’s all about but My opinion is yes.

    Come On Joey Barton, put the Darkness behind you and show us the footballer you can be!

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  • Gateshead Glenn

    Jul 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    I wasnt in favour of getting Barton cos of his dodgy reputation but now we’ve got him (thanks Big Sam and FFS!) it would be foolish to bin him. That would just play into the hands of another club who would get him and we’d end-up in a lengthy court case trying to get compensation.

    We may as well give him a chance. Sure he’s had them before but not with us + this time he’s had a taste of ‘porridge’. He’s not thick and he’s had his punishment thru’ the courts. Maybe he has learned and can turn himself around with help from KK?

    It would be hypocritical for MA to sack him on ‘moral’ grounds as he has hired DW who’s also been inside and has now turned into a ‘respectable’ high-ranking part of our clubs hierarchy.

    I would like Joey to do a press conference where he publicly apologises + takes responsibility for his problems. Then we can try and judge his sincerity (or otherwise). I don’t want to read some contrived statement from the club, I want to hear it from his own lips. If he can’t / won’t do this then we should get rid of him.

    As regards his Parole / Licence, usually you cannot leave the country at all till your sentence is finished completely. It’s normal to get released half way thru’ your sentence + his time on Remand would have been taken off his time inside. Joey didn’t get released before the half way point, so I doubt he’ll have a Tag on. He won’t be going to Mallorca but don’t be surprised to see him in the home friendlies!

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  • ende

    Jul 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Does anyone know where I can get a “Free Joey” t-shirt from???

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