The English Football Association has charged Joey Barton with misconduct, and it has forced the Newcastle club to issue a formal statement on the matter.
The full Newcastle statement is as follows:
NEWCASTLE United can confirm that it has received documentation from the Football Association stating that it is charging Joey Barton with misconduct in relation to the incident that occurred with Ousmane Dabo in May 2007, at a time when he was a registered player of Manchester City.
The Club has sought clarification from the Football Association as to why this decision has been reached now, given the incident occurred nearly 15 months ago.
Joey will be requesting a personal hearing in relation to the charge and the Club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.
The reason the FA have only brought the charge now would appear an easy one – he’s only recently been convicted and given a four months suspended sentence.
But how long is this thing going to drag on, and continually give the Newcastle club very bad publicity like this?