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Barton ’emphatically denies’ attacking fellow League One manager

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It seems like there is much more to the incident reportedly involving Joey Barton and a fellow League One manager.

Barnsley launched a complaint after Fleetwood Town manager Barton allegedly attacked his counterpart Daniel Stendel after a match on Saturday.

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Police stopped Barton from leaving the stadium after the match, and Barnsley player Cauley Woodrow has now taken down a Tweet saying that Stendel was left with “blood pouring down his face.”

Now Barton is denying allegations that he attacked Stendel, and is expected to be in the dugout for the Fishermen, who sit 11th in League One.

From FleetwoodTownFC.com:

“With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically deny the allegations made. Given this matter has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment.”

Barton’s checkered past is well-documented, but this tale continues to develop in fascinating ways.

Barnsley launch complaint after alleged Barton attack

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Barnsley have launched a complaint to the English Football League and Football Association after their manager Daniel Stendel was involved in an incident with Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton on Saturday.

Numerous reports state that Barton attacked Stendel in the tunnel after the game, as video footage showed South Yorkshire police stopping Barton from leaving Oakwell Stadium after the game.

The police are still investigating the incident and are speaking to individuals and looking at video footage to decide what action to take next.

It has been reported that Stendel is “OK” but has suffered facial injuries after the incident following Barnsley’s 4-2 win against Fleetwood which keeps their hopes of automatic promotion to the Championship on track.

In a statement released on their website, Barnsley had the following to say:

“Barnsley Football Club can confirm that it has lodged a formal complaint to both the English Football League and the Football Association. This is following an alleged incident at the conclusion of the match on Saturday 13th April, between Joey Barton and Daniel Stendel.

“The Club is also currently working with the police and assisting with all enquiries regarding the incident. No further comment will be issued whilst police investigations are ongoing.”

Barton’s playing career was littered with misdemeanors on and off the pitch, as the fiery character was charged with assault twice and handed a six-month prison sentence in 2008.

This is Barton’s first season as a manager after the former Man City, Newcastle, QPR and Burnley midfielder ended his playing career amid further controversy when handed an 18-month ban for betting while playing for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.

Report: Joey Barton attacks opposition manager

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Reports are circulating that Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton attacked Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after their 4-2 defeat at Oakwell on Saturday.

Barton, 36, did not appear for his post-match media duties, and neither did Stendel, as Barnsley are in line for automatic promotion to the Championship and Fleetwood are in midtable in the English third-tier.

It is alleged the assault took place in the tunnel at Barnsley’s home stadium after the game.

Our partners at Sky Sports in the UK have an update on the situation, as they say that police are investigating the alleged incident and a video has emerged of Barton trying to leave Barnsley in a car, but he was stopped by police.

Barton’s playing career was littered with misdemeanors on and off the pitch, as the fiery character was charged with assault twice and handed a six-month prison sentence in 2008.

This is Barton’s first season as a manager after the former Man City, Newcastle, QPR and Burnley midfielder ended his playing career amid further controversy when handed an 18-month ban for betting while playing for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.

Joey Barton named new Fleetwood manager

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Controversial character Joey Barton has made his move into management.

Barton, 35, will take charge of English third-tier club Fleetwood Town from June 2, as the former Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Glasgow Rangers and Burnley midfielder appears to have called time on his playing career following a ban for breaking soccer gambling rules when playing in Scotland in 2016.

In a statement released on Wednesday Barton had the following to say after signing a three-year contract with the League One club in midtable but having hopes of promotion to the Championship.

“I’m very excited by the challenge and the project at Fleetwood Town. It’s a club I’ve known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with,” Barton said. “My first job in management was always going to be a big decision for me and I’m delighted with the opportunity ahead, I’m joining a club with big ambitions. I’m looking forward to getting started on June 2nd.”

Chairman and owner Andy Pilley added that Barton “not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.”

If you’ve heard of Fleetwood before, it’s probably because of Jamie Vardy. That’s where he made his name before moving onto Leicester and the rest is history. For a lower-tier team, Fleetwood are known to pay well and are bankrolled by Pilley’s energy company, BES Utilities.

Barton’s off-the-field problems have been well-documented over the years with a prison sentence for an assault in the street, plus training ground fights, putting cigarettes out on teammates and his fiery demeanor getting him in plenty of trouble on and off the pitch.

That said, with his ban from soccer-related activities now over he has moved quickly to get back in the game and what is there to stop him playing for Fleetwood Town in League One next season?

Remember: Barton was playing for Burnley in the PL last season before his gambling ban saw his contract with the Clarets terminated.

You didn’t think that Barton would just disappear and stick to some media appearances on radio in the UK, did you?

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.