Monday, 4 June 2012

Premier League - Barton hit in face in street fight


Premier League footballer Joey Barton has been punched in the face outside a nightclub.
Joey Barton
The controversial QPR midfielder was involved in a fight with two men outside Garlands nightclub in Liverpool city centre.
A picture of the incident, apparently showing a shirtless Barton being held back by police and a woman, appeared on Twitter.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "Merseyside Police were called to Eberle Street in Liverpool city centre at 5.30am this morning following reports of an altercation.
"On arrival officers found a 29-year-old man who had sustained injuries to his face. The man left the scene voluntarily."
She added: "Two 21-year-old men from the L13 area were arrested at the scene for a public order offence. They are currently in police custody."
Barton is banned for the first 12 games of next season having been sent off and subsequently found guilty of two counts of violent conduct in QPR's defeat at Manchester City on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign.
He wrote on Twitter: "I got sucker punched in the back of the head. Not injured as reported just a small bruise on rear of head/ear. I've had worse. Life goes on! Thanks for the concern. Have a good day people.
"Not planning on pressing charges as its not that serious. The police have also got better things to do with their time.
"Can I just say a public thanks to the police last night as they were and have been today brilliant."
PA Sport

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