Joey Barton has denied assaulting former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in court today.
The incident is alleged to have happened when Barnsley played Fleetwood Town, where Barton is manager. Barton is accused of pushing Stendel following the April fixture in which the Yorkshire side won 4-2, leaving him with a damaged tooth.
Barton appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this morning charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, having entered a not guilty plea last month at Barnsley Magistrates' Court. He will go on trial next year.
Barton will appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Stendel, who was sacked as manager of Barnsley in October after a run of 10 games without a win, was pushed into a metal pole that that supports the tunnel that leads to the dressing rooms at Oakwell, the club’s home ground.
Witnesses claim that the German hit the pole and started bleeding from his face as a result. It is also claimed that he may require dental treatment.
Stendel made an official complaint to the Football Association and the English Football League about the incident soon after it occurred.
Barton retired from playing in 2017 after a career that included spells at Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR, Marseille, Rangers and Burnley. He was appointed as manager of Fleetwood in April 2018, soon after completing a 13-month ban from football for a Football Association charge in relation to betting.
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