Jury sworn in for trial of football manager Joey Barton at Sheffield Crown Court

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of football manager and former player Joey Barton in Sheffield.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 2:27 pm

He appeared at the city’s Crown Court this morning charged with assaulting a fellow football boss following a match.

Former England international Barton, 38, denies assaulting the then Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel, causing him actual bodily harm at the South Yorkshire side’s Oakwell Stadium in April 2019.

The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Burnley midfielder was managing Fleetwood Town at the time of the alleged incident.

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Joey Barton outside Sheffield Crown Court following a preliminary hearing ahead of his trial

Barton was charged following an alleged incident in the tunnel after the League One match between Barnsley and Fleetwood.

Wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and navy tie, he sat in the dock at Sheffield Crown Court as a jury was selected for his trial, which is expected to be opened later today.

The jury was selected after being was asked a series of questions including whether they were at the match or watched it on TV.

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