Magpies seek Barton talks

01 July 2008 04:31
Newcastle United will hold talks with Joey Barton about the midfielder's future at St James' Park when he is released from prison. The 25-year-old was spared a second spell in jail on Tuesday when he was given a four-month suspended sentence for attacking former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo. The England international is currently serving a six-month prison sentence for assault but is set to be released in the next few days. A brief statement on the Magpies' official website read: "Newcastle United notes the sentence passed to Joey Barton at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court today. "The club now intends to hold discussions with Joey and his representatives at the earliest possible opportunity." Barton's career has been littered with disciplinary problems. He was handed his current sentence in May after admitting charges of assault and affray following an incident the previous December in Liverpool city centre. In December 2004 he stubbed out a lit cigar in Jamie Tandy's eye during a Christmas party after he had caught Manchester City's youth team player attempting to set fire to his shirt. Barton subsequently apologised for his actions and was fined six weeks' wages but the following summer was sent home from a pre-season tournament in Thailand after assaulting a 15-year-old Everton supporter.

Source: ESA