Joey Barton has released a statement denying any wrongdoing in the recent incident that left Daniel Stendel bleeding this weekend.
Barton and Stendel clashed at the end of a fiery 4-2 win for the Tykes which ended any slim hopes Barton had of putting his team in the top six. Temperatures were raised following the sending off of Harry Souttar, which led to confrontations on the touch line.
They continued after the final whistle, with striker Cauley Woodrow tweeting his anger but later deleting his post. Police confirmed that a man arrested at the scene has been released on police bail.
Barton has since put out a social media post of his own, saying; “With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically deny all the allegations made. Given this matter has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment.”
The incident was also reported to the FA and will now hang over Fleetwood until the end of the season.
Fans have been taking to twitter to mock Barton, with over 1000 replies to his rebuke of the allegations.
Here’s the pick of those responses.
If you have to apologise, could you do it in your French accent? Sublime.
— Bhav (@InflamedPigeon) April 18, 2019
Totally out of character Joey. Shocking smearing of your good name.
— David Pick (@davidpick1987) April 18, 2019
Oh thanks for clearing that up Joey. I’ve got to say, when I heard the news I instantly thought to myself “Joey? Joey Barton? In trouble over a pathetic spat? – never!” Glad you’ve confirmed.
— JaackMaate (@Jaack) April 18, 2019
How can anyone think you’d do something like that Joseph? You just don’t have it in you, I’m supporting you
— Michael Jones (@Barrymore_Jones) April 18, 2019
Too right Joey! Someone with your crystal clear past too… I can't believe how they make it up #JusticefortheJoe
— Harry Riley (@hazriley) April 18, 2019
We all have upmost faith in you Joey. Decent guy that gets a hard time unfairly.
— Barry Fortune (@fortune_barry) April 18, 2019
Who in their right mind would think you could be capable of such a thing?! Only a total thug would knock someone's teeth out over a football game. Or stub out a cigar in someone's eye. Or batter someone with a golf club.
— Victoria (@Victoria1867) April 18, 2019
Likely story. You should never have been in the position to be framed in the first place because you should have been banned from football for life years ago.
— Sam Yates (@samyates_24) April 18, 2019