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Barton In Court Over Player 'Bust-Up'

Premier League footballer Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty to attacking a team-mate in a training ground bust-up.

Barton on crutches at court
Barton on crutches at court

The 24-year-old player appeared at Trafford Magistrates' Court to face one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The England midfielder "strenuously denied" the allegation that he attacked Ousmane Dabo during a Manchester City training session.

In court, prosecutor David Alcock described the incident as a "vicious attack".

Barton, who was using crutches, spoke to confirm his name and address and to enter a plea during the 10-minute hearing.

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Liverpool-born Barton, who now plays for Newcastle United, was arrested after the incident in south Manchester, on May 1.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail if he is found guilty.

The player was suspended by Manchester City after the incident, and sold by the club to Newcastle in June in a £5.8m deal.

He is now out of action for the north-east club after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his left foot during a pre-season friendly last month.

Officers charged him last week after he answered bail at a police station in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

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