Joey Barton charged with actual bodily harm

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Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton looks on during the match with Barnsley at Oakwell stadium on 13 April. Photograph: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Barton appeals charges denying accusations he confronted Daniel Stendel

Joey Barton, the manager of Fleetwood Town, has been charged with causing actual bodily harm after his Barnsley counterpart, Daniel Stendel, was left with facial injuries following a fracas in the South Yorkshire football club’s tunnel, police said.

Barton has previously “emphatically denied” accusations he confronted Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel. He was charged following the incident on 13th April but has since been bailed. Barton is expected to appear before Barnsley magistrates court on 9 October.

Barnsley complained to the Football Association and English Football League in April about the incident.

At the time, South Yorkshire Police also appealed for any witnesses with footage of the incident to come forward, which the Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow claimed had left Stendel with “blood pouring from his face”.

In the wake of the incident, Barton issued a statement on Twitter in which he wrote: “I emphatically deny all the allegations made.”

Sky television footage showed police stepping in to stop Barton as he attempted to leave Oakwell after the match. Stendel suffered damage to his two front teeth which required emergency dental treatment.

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