Fleetwood boss Joey Barton is accused of ABH for ‘tunnel attack’ on Barnsley manager after last season’s game
- Joey Barton was accused of attacking Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in April
- The player-turned manager, 36, at the time denied misconduct in a tweet
- South Yorkshire police today confirmed that Barton has been charged with ABH
Football manager Joey Barton has been charged with bodily harm for allegations that he attacked a rival coach after a League One match.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle player, who now manages lower division Fleetwood Town, would have been confused in the tunnel with Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after a game in Yorkshire in April.
Barton, 36, later tweeted that he “emphatically” denies all charges against him.
Joey Barton has been charged with physical injury after a fight at a football game in April
Barton was charged with assaulting Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in the Oakwell tunnel
This morning, a South Yorkshire police spokesman said, ‘A man has been charged with an incident at the Barnsley Football Club in April 2019.
Joseph Barton, 36, of Widnes, has been charged with actual bodily harm in violation of Section 47 sexual assault and has been released on bail to appear before Barnsley Magistrates Court on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
“ On Saturday, April 13, 2019, a man with facial injuries was left after an incident in the club tunnel at around 5:00 PM after the conclusion of Barnsley’s game against Fleetwood Town. ”
It was alleged that after the incident at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley, German coach Stendel “blood flowed from his face.”
Hours later, Barton tweeted, “Regarding the alleged incident on Saturday after our game against Barnsley, I strongly deny any allegations
“Since this case has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The incident came after a bad-tempered game, in which the managers exchanged words
Barton later tweeted and denied any wrongdoing after claiming to attack Stendel
The alleged attack followed a bad-tempered game that Barnsley had won 4-2.
At some point during the game, a member of Fleetwood’s coaching team stepped between the two managers, while a yellow card was shown to a Barton employee.
It was alleged that the post-match rage turned into violence in the tunnel and both teams canceled their post-match press conferences.
Barton had a 15-year football career playing for Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR, Burnley and Rangers. He made one appearance for England.
Since retiring, he joined Fleetwood’s management in 2018, remaining manager of the club despite the controversy at Barnsley.
Barton married last month Georgia McNeil in a lavish Oxfordshire country house.
Barton was depicted at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley on the day of the alleged attack