Former Clarets Midfielder Charged With Assaulting His Wife

Joey Barton Appears In Wimbledon Court On Assault Charges

Former Premier League footballer Joey Barton appeared in Wimbledon Crown court yesterday and has denied attacking his childhood sweetheart and wife Georgia Barton leaving her with a head injury. The current Bristol Rovers manager is charged with assaulting his wife by beating in Kew, London, on the 2nd June 2021.

He allegedly grabbed Mrs Barton by the throat and kicked her in the head outside a property where they had been with two friends, the court heard. Mr Barton, who is thirty eight and from Widnes, appeared before Wimbledon Magistrates Court by videolink. He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The court heard Mrs Barton was left with a bloody nose following the altercation and she telephone the police and asked for her husband to be removed from the property, the court heard. Mr Barton was released on unconditional bail until his trial at the same court in Wimbledon on the 16th December 2021.

Bristol Rovers, who were relegated to Sky Bet League 2 at the end of last season declined to comment while legal proceedings were ongoing. The former midfielder played in the Premier League more than 250 times for Newcastle United, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley. He then moved into management, starting off with Fleetwood Town from 2018 to 2021, before joining Bristol Rovers earlier this year.

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