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Joey Barton admits challenging Manchester United legend to a fight

4 years ago

As Joey Barton is currently trying to extricate himself from the mess he has caused at Rangers, he has still been more than happy to talk to the media about his past transgressions.

Appearing as a guest on ‘A League of their own’, the former Newcastle midfielder has related how he challenged Manchester United legend Mark Hughes to a fight.

The incident occurred when both were at QPR in 2012, Hughes managing and Joey Barton in the team/squad only months after leaving Newcastle United.

Barton telling James Corden that he stormed into Mark Hughes’ office and challenged him to the fight.

Joey Barton:

“One high profile manager (Mark Hughes), I followed him into his office and locked the door on him and said:

‘Come on let’s sort this out, me and you. The only way to sort this is me and you have a fight because I hate you so much and you hate me, let’s just sort it out and whoever walks out, walks out, and we get on with it’.”

Mark Hughes:

‘What do you mean?’

Joey Barton:

‘You’re treating me like a k***head, you think I am a k***head’.

Mark Hughes:

‘I obviously can’t fight you, I’m the manager of this football club’

Joey Barton:

‘Oh yeah, actually you can’t’.

Barton then telling James Corden…‘So we had to kind of de-escalate it’.

I wonder how Alan Pardew would have reacted if this had happened at Newcastle before he left…?


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