Joey Barton to go on trial accused of assaulting ex-Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel

Former England international Joey Barton leaving Sheffield Crown Court, where he will go on trial accused of assaulting a ex-Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in an incident following a league match. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire
Former England international Joey Barton leaving Sheffield Crown Court, where he will go on trial accused of assaulting a ex-Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in an incident following a league match. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton will go on trial next year accused of assaulting former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel during an incident following a League One match.

Barton, 37, is alleged to have pushed the German at Oakwell on April 13, leaving him with a damaged tooth.

The ex-England midfielder pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on November 6.

A provisional trial date was fixed for June 1, 2020.

Barton, of Fox Bank Close, in Widnes, Cheshire, stood in the glass-fronted dock, flanked by a security officer, for the 15-minute appearance.

He spoke to confirm his name and date of birth, that he is a UK national, and that he understood various matters outlined by the judge.

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Wearing a dark blue jacket over an open-necked light blue shirt and sporting glasses, he also spoke to enter his not guilty plea to the single charge.

The ex-Manchester City, Newcastle and Burnley player was charged following an incident in the tunnel after the match between Barnsley and Fleetwood, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the home team.

Barton was given unconditional bail by Judge Jeremy Richardson QC.