Joey Barton, 38, denies hitting wife Georgia McNeil who suffered head injury

Joey Barton, 38, has denied assaulting wife Georgia McNeil, 35, which left her with a golf ball-sized head injury after an argument at a West London house party just days before the second wedding anniversary

  • Joey Barton appeared in court over alleged assault on wife Georgia McNeil
  • The former Premier League star pleaded not guilty to the alleged attack today
  • Barton is accused of causing head injury to McNeil in a West London house

Former Premier League star Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty to beating his wife and leaving him with a golf ball-sized head injury just days before their wedding anniversary.

Barton, 38, of Widnes, Cheshire, is accused of assaulting Georgia McNeil after arguing at a house party in Kew, southwest London, on June 2.

The Bristol City manager appeared before Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in south-west London on Monday via video link to deny the allegations.

He married his high school sweetheart McNeil, 35, two years ago and the attack is said to have taken place days before the couple celebrated their anniversary.

Nahiedh Khan, the prosecutor, told the court: ‘On June 2 at approximately 11:30 pm, Mr Barton is with his wife Georgia Barton and they spoke to friends outside the property while throwing a small party together.

“These two friends witnessed the incident and declined to provide any further information other than what was seen in the body-worn images.”

Joey Barton (left) appears in court on Sunday for an alleged assault on his wife Georgia McNeil (second from left) at the family home. Pictured: The couple at the Q Awards in 2011

The couple married two years ago and the alleged assault took place just days before the anniversary verjaardag

The couple married two years ago and the alleged assault took place just days before the anniversary verjaardag

She continued: “Mrs. Barton sustained a golf ball-sized bruise on the side of her head.

“She can’t remember exactly what happened.”

Barton, who appeared via video link from his home, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and enter his not guilty plea.

Richard Derby, on the defense, requested a case management hearing before the trial.

He said: ‘Categorically, this incident did not take place. There was no attack.”

Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, was granted unconditional bail for a trial at the Wimbledon Magistrates Court on December 16.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The charges relate to an incident that took place at a home in Kew on Wednesday, June 2, in which a woman suffered a head injury. London Ambulance Service was not present.

“A 38-year-old man was arrested on June 2, released on bail pending further investigation, and subsequently charged.”

Barton played 269 Premier League games for Manchester City, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley during his career. He was also capped once for England in February 2007.

The 38-year-old became manager of League One club Fleetwood Town in 2018 before taking over League Two club Bristol Rovers earlier this year.

Rovers released a brief statement on Sunday showing officials were aware of the charge involving their manager.

It read: ‘The football club is aware of the court hearing with manager Joey Barton, which will take place on Monday, July 26.

“As legal proceedings are underway, the club cannot comment further at this time.”