Joey Barton has ended up in trouble once again, receiving a letter from Blackpool’s owners which alleged defamation.
The (now) Burnley midfielder made comments when appearing on BBC Radio 5Live during last season, when comparing Mike Ashley’s handling of Newcastle with the Oyston family’s running of Blackpool.
The Mail now report that Joey Barton has made an apology and agreed an out of court ‘five figure’ compensation figure.
With Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston confirming at a meeting with supporters this week:
“…action against 5 Live for comments made by a Premier league player had finished following an apology from the player.”
Joey Barton has accused the Oyston family of ‘asset-stripping’ the club, Blackpool having spent minimal money when reaching the Premier League, leading to instant relegation and now struggling in League One. Whilst at the same time massive amounts of money have been paid out to the Oyston family, which they claim is largely to do with repayment of loans made to the club previously.
This is what Joey Barton had to say about the situation last season on Radio 5Live which got him into trouble, with ‘almost’ a rare compliment for Mike Ashley.
“Do you know what the (Newcastle United) situation reminds me an awful lot of?
“It reminds me of Blackpool, what Oyston’s done at Blackpool – where he has asset-stripped them.
“Obviously I’m aware it’s not that far down the line but that’s what he did.
“The club (Blackpool) ran at a massive profit, got to the Premier League, he took all the money out the club and stopped investing in players.
“Mike (Ashley) is a more savvy businessman than that. He’s dead set on keeping them in the Premier League.”