Joey Barton investigated by police for post-match brawl with Barnsley boss after Fleetwood defeat

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident

Luke Brown
Saturday 13 April 2019 18:59
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Joey Barton was involved in a post-match altercation
Joey Barton was involved in a post-match altercation

South Yorkshire Police are investigating an alleged assault by Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton on his Barnsley counterpart Daniel Stendel following Saturday's game at Oakwell.

It is understood the police have spoken with Barton as they investigate a post-match brawl and will speak to Barton again as part of a voluntary interview.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are aware of something that has taken place in the tunnel after the game and we are investigating.”

The League One match ended in a 4-2 win for Barnsley, with the alleged incident taking place as the managers and players made their way back to the dressing rooms.

Stendel received medical attention in the tunnel after the incident, before Sky Sports television pictures showed police preventing Barton from leaving the ground.

“The Club can confirm there was an alleged incident in the tunnel area that took place following the conclusion of today’s match, which South Yorkshire police are currently investigating,” Barnsley said in a statement published to the club’s official website.

“The Club is assisting the police with its enquiries and, as a result, we are not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”

Fleetwood are currently sitting 11th in League One after handing Barton his first managerial job in the summer.

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