News today that Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has had to pay thousands of pounds to a teenage boy he battered in a Liverpool street.
Joey Barton – paid thousands to youngster
Jordan Spencer sued the Newcastle United player for breaking his teeth in a drunken rampage in December, 2007, when Joey was a Newcastle player.
Barton, 26, was duly sentenced to six months in jail for the attack outside a McDonald’s restaurant, in Liverpool city center on 27th December 2007, and was told to pay his victim £2,500.
Jordan, now 16, launched a civil action for compensation for the attack, and a hearing was due to decide the case, but in order to prevent the hearing Barton has paid an out-of-court settlement to the youngster.
This will also to get that particular case behind Joey, in the hope the player has now grown up, and these stupid and vicious altercations are now hopefully behind him.
Details of the payment were kept secret, but it is understood by the local Shield’s Gazette, that student Jordan has received substantially more than the original award.
The Newcastle player refused to comment on the matter but a spokesman for the teenager said:
“We’re glad the matter is settled.”
Barton still faces another legal battle for poking former Manchester City youngster Jamie Tandy in the eye, with a lighted cigar.
We have to hope that once Joey puts these things behind him, he will have learned from the experiences.
Joey’s generally thought to be no better than a thug in a football strip, but we would hope that Joey can get his life back in order, and certainly he’s received more than enough support from the Newcastle club do far.
If Alan Shearer doesn’t arrive at the club before September it looks like Joey will still be a Newcastle player for this coming season which start at WBA on Saturday.
If that happens we have to hope he will do his talking on the field, as there’s no doubt he’s still a very good player.
But he still has a lot to prove to people that he’s not a thug.
We hope we will see a different Joey Barton this coming season.