Police investigating Joey Barton after he reportedly 'assaulted' Barnsley manager

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Joey Barton’s playing career ended after he was banned from football after admitting a Football Association charge relating to betting in April 2017.

When that ban expired, the fiery individual turned his hand to management and took over at Fleetwood Town in League One last summer.

This season, the Cod Army find themselves in mid-table after a promising start to the campaign.

And their faint hopes of reaching the playoffs were all but ended by Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Promotion-chasing Barnsley triumphed 4-2 at Oakwell against 10-men Fleetwood.

But that won’t make headlines.

Instead, reports have since emerged that police are investigating the Fleetwood boss for "assaulting" Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in the tunnel.

That’s according to Jeff Sterling, who mentioned it on Gillette Soccer Saturday before Sky Sports confirmed that.

It's claimed that tempers initially flared at the end of the game on the sidelines as Fleetwood’s coaching team took issue with Barnsley’s video team filming.

Reports suggest Barton and Stendel had to be separated by stewards and police in the tunnel.

Barnsley's Cauley Woodrow soon tweeted saying: "Firstly @ftfc to have a manager that can physically assault another manager in the tunnel is disgusting, causing our manager to have blood pouring from his face!!People like you don’t deserve a place in the game of football you are foul.Secondly fantastic win today @BarnsleyFC ❤️"

He has since deleted his tweet as the police continue their investigation... 


Footage also showed that Barton was prevented from leaving Oakwell by police.

In 2008. Barton was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to assault in 2008.

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