Joey Barton finally goes on trial after 26 months wait
Joey Barton is due to go on trial today (Monday 7 June) at Sheffield Crown Court.
Barton having previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The former Newcastle United midfielder set to appear in court in relation to an incident that happened in April 2019.
The then Fleetwood Town boss alleged to have pushed the then Barnsley manager, Daniel Stendel, in the tunnel after the game, causing damage to a tooth.
Following the incident, Joey Barton appeared at Barnsley Magistrates, but was informed that the allegations were too serious for a magistrates court and instead the case was being sent to crown court.
The Fleetwood manager back then given unconditional bail and told to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on the required date(s).
Whilst the wheels of justice do tend to turn very slowly, the 26 months wait for this case to be heard will have been severely impacted by the virus situation.
Football management moves tend to happen a lot quicker.
Daniel Stendel was sacked by Barnsley in October 2019, then got the job at Hearts before they later sacked him in June 2020, Stendel apparently out of management since then.
Whilst Joey Barton was surprisingly sacked by Fleetwood on 4 January 2021, despite doing what appeared to be a decent job.
Joey Barton is now in charge at Bristol Rovers and it will be interesting to see what happens there, if anything, if Barton is found guilty on the charge.
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