Police speak to Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel after his alleged assault by Joey Barton leaving him needing emergency dental treatment
- Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has spoken to police after allegations that he was assaulted by Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton after Saturday’s match
- Sportsmail has learned that the German boss met officers at Oakwell on Monday
- Stendel underwent emergency dental work following events over the weekend
Police have spoken to Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after allegations he was assaulted by Fleetwood counterpart Joey Barton.
Sportsmail understands that the German met officers at Oakwell on Monday.
Discussions are said to have lasted for more than an hour.
Police have spoken to Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel after allegations he was assaulted
Fleetwood boss Joey Barton is alleged to have left Stendel with ‘blood pouring from his face’
South Yorkshire Police said on Monday afternoon in a statement that their investigation is ongoing – but it can be revealed they have spoken to Barnsley’s 45–year-old boss.
Stendel underwent emergency dental work after claims he was barged from behind by Barton in the tunnel at the end of Saturday’s clash between the two sides at Barnsley.
Insiders have said Stendel subsequently banged head first into a metal support at the side of the tunnel, damaging two front teeth. The Football Association have now received the referee’s report and that it does make reference to the alleged tunnel fracas.
Stendel (left) underwent emergency dental work following the weekend clash with Barton
They will now seek statements from those involved having launched their own investigation, but the police’s probe will be given priority.
After the alleged fracas, Barton, 37, was caught up in more controversy when a woman police officer prevented his car, driven by Fleetwood chief executive Steve Curwood, from leaving the ground. The car was allowed to continue after a two-minute stand-off.
Barton was not interviewed immediately by police, who had not questioned the Fleetwood manager by Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘South Yorkshire Police is continuing to investigate reports of an assault at Barnsley Football Club on the afternoon of Saturday April 13.
‘No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries remain ongoing.’
It could spell trouble for Barton, who took over at Fleetwood after serving 13 months of an 18-month ban from football for gambling breaches. The altercation was caught on camera, although not by Fleetwood’s documentary makers, who are following Barton during his debut season in management.
After the match and ensuing incident a police officer stopped his car from leaving the ground
Sportsmail understands that Barton is confident he will not be sacked by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, but the Football Association will this week launch their own probe into what happened and are seeking witness accounts.
Fleetwood’s hand could be forced should the FA come down hard on Barton. It is understood the incident occurred with the majority of players still out on the pitch following full-time. The atmosphere inside Barnsley’s tunnel was described as ‘volatile’ after the alleged assault.
Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow tweeted after the match: ‘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.’
Outgoing EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey promised that his organisation will assist in an investigation. ‘As an off-the-field matter the tunnel is in the domain of the referee, but we will work with everybody to ensure it’s not a case of who deals with the matter but that the matter is dealt with properly,’ Harvey told the BBC.
‘The police investigation is ongoing so we need to leave the details for them to deal with.’
Fleetwood issued a brief statement on Sunday morning which said that the club ‘…are currently establishing the facts and will not make any further comment at this time’.
Barton is confident that he will not be sacked by Fleetwood over events in the Oakwell tunnel
Spotlight on Joey Barton’s controversial career
December 2004 – Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during Manchester City’s Christmas party.
Joey Barton stubbed a cigar in the eye of a young player while at Manchester City in December 2004
Fined six weeks’ wages by the club. Forced to pay four weeks’ salary – approximately £60,000 – immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning £65,000 in damages.
July 2005 – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City’s team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour.
Barton was fined eight weeks’ wages for an incident with a 15-year-old Everton fan
Fined eight weeks’ wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
September 2006 – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
Barton ‘mooned’ Everton fans in September 2006 at Goodison Park
May 2007 – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment.
Barton assaulted team mate Ousmane Dabo and received a four-month suspended jail sentence as well as a £25,000 FA fine
Charged with assault and, on July 1, 2008, receives a four-month suspended jail sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which are suspended – and a £25,000 fine.
May 2008 – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray during an incident in Liverpool city centre the previous December.
Barton pictured at Liverpool Crown Court was jailed for six months for assault
November 2010 – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat for Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Barton receives a three-match ban for punching Morten Gamst Pedersen, pictured
Accepts an FA charge and is banned for three games.
January 2012 – Unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association, labelling it an ‘Orwellian organisation’ in need of a ‘drastic shake-up’.
May 2012 – While playing for QPR, is sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the season at Manchester City.
Barton was banned for 12 matches for a series of attacks while playing for QPR against h is former club Manchester City
Also knees Sergio Aguero, and attempts to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the field. Later banned for 12 matches.
September 2016 – Now a Rangers player, Barton is banished from the club’s training ground following an alleged altercation with team-mate Andy Halliday.
Playing in Scotland for Rangers, Barton once again had disciplinary problems
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