FA charge Barton with violent conduct

Joey Barton is facing a 15 match ban for his training-ground attack on former team-mate Ousmane Dabo. The Football Association charged the Newcatle United midfielder with violent conduct in a ruling taken last night.

Barton, who has just been released after four months in prison for a separate assault and affray charge, was handed a four-month suspended sentence by the Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm over the Dabo incident. Unsurprisingly, Nike have decided to cancel the troubled midfielder's boot deal.

Newcastle have decided to stand by Barton, although Lawrence Donegan in the Guardian alleges that Newcastle officials were ready to sack the player until it became clear that there were a number of Premier League clubs interested in buying the midfielder. Now it seems they have chosen to protect their 'investment' before cashing in at a later date.

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