Barton in trouble again

13 March 2007 11:15
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage. The England international was questioned by police over an alleged argument with a taxi driver in the Wavertree area of Liverpool earlier this month. A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: "I can confirm a 24-year-old man, from Widnes, was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and assault. "He has been bailed until May pending further inquiries.'' Barton is no stranger to controversy. He was fined by the FA after dropping his shorts in the direction of Everton fans in October, while Portsmouth fans complained last month that he allegedly made an obscene gesture towards them during City's defeat at Fratton Park. He was also sent home from a pre-season tour of Thailand after becoming involved in a brawl with a schoolboy Everton fan and was fined six weeks' wages after stubbing a cigar out in the eye of team-mate Jamie Tandy at a club Christmas party.

Source: ESA