Joey Barton laughs in Fleetwood training amid ‘assault’ investigation

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Joey Barton laughs and smiles in Fleetwood Town training as manager is seen for the first time since Barnsley lodged official EFL and FA complaint over alleged assault of their manager

  • Fleetwood manager Joey Barton looked in a good mood as he took training
  • Barnsley made official complaint after Barton allegedly assaulted their manager 
  • He was involved in a fracas with Daniel Stendel after Saturday’s game 

Controversy may be surrounding Joey Barton yet again, but the Fleetwood Town manager looked to be in a good mood as he took training on Tuesday. 

Barton laughed and smiled as he oversaw his team at their Lancashire seaside training ground, following their League One defeat at Barnsley on Saturday.

After the game, Barton and Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel were involved in a confrontation in which the Fleetwood boss allegedly assaulted the German.

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton looked in a good mood as he took training on Tuesday

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton looked in a good mood as he took training on Tuesday

Barton laughed and smiled as he oversaw his team at their Lancashire seaside training ground

Barton laughed and smiled as he oversaw his team at their Lancashire seaside training ground

Barnsley have made an official FA complaint after Barton allegedly assaulted their manager

Barnsley have made an official FA complaint after Barton allegedly assaulted their manager

On Tuesday, Barnsley confirmed they have made an official complaint to the English Football League and the Football Association.

A club statement read: ‘Barnsley can confirm that it has lodged a formal complaint to both the EFL and the FA. This is following an alleged incident at the conclusion of the match on Saturday 13th April between Joey Barton and Daniel Stendel.

‘The club is also currently working with the police and assisting with all enquiries regarding the incident. No further comment will be issued while police investigations are ongoing.’ 

Barton was stopped from leaving Oakwell on Saturday by police but has not been arrested

Barton was stopped from leaving Oakwell on Saturday by police but has not been arrested 

Police have already spoken to Stendel. Sportsmail understands that the German met officers at Oakwell on Monday, and discussions are said to have lasted for more than an hour.

Stendel, 45, underwent emergency dental work after claims he was barged from behind by Barton in the tunnel at the end of Saturday’s clash. 

Insiders have said Stendel subsequently banged head first into a metal support at the side of the tunnel, damaging two front teeth.  

Barton was involved in a fracas with Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after Saturday's game

Barton was involved in a fracas with Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after Saturday’s game 

Barton 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. 

The 37-year-old was not interviewed by police as a result, and by Sunday afternoon  the Fleetwood manager had still not been questioned. 

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.’  

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