Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Barton pleads not guilty

Barton appeared for a brief hearing at Minshull Street
Crown Court in Manchester to set a trial date where he will face charges of
assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Barton, dressed in jeans, trainers
and a dark blue shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his not guilty
plea.
He is accused of attacking then team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a
training ground bust-up on May 1 this year while both were playing for
Manchester City.
Richard Varden, prosecuting, said the earliest date a trial
could be held was June 30 next year.
He added: "I realise it seems a long
way away although it's a straightforward allegation, there is an additional
factor in that the defendant is a Premiership footballer."


-teamtalk.com

Whilst footballers have landed themselves in court on numerous occasions in the past, I don't believe there has ever been an instance where a footballer who is a defendant potentially faces the prospect of former colleagues (who are still playing in the same league) in the witness box testifying against him.

For that reason in particular (if indeed it does happen as despite what they think of Barton, I don't think they would relish being dragged into court over this) this is something that I think is going to generate a lot of media interest when it does come to trial.

vote it up!

3 comments:

Wigan Blue said...

Joey, Joey...

While any City fan would have been happy to give D'Abo a kick up the arse (even now), you've got to start taking responsibility for your actions at some stage.

If you're ever going to realise any of the potential you started out with, you've got to come to terms with that. You can be a maniac, with a flapping tongue - or you can be a Premiership footballer. Make your mind up time.

CF Admin (Phil) said...

The term 'bang to rights' springs to mind here.

Is this a CPS thing or is Dabo pushing it? If the former, Dabo wouldn't have a choice but to appear and tell the truth.

Nivek Yrurd said...

It will be interesting to see who shows up on the witness stand, and whether they are testifying in defense or against Barton. It didn't take nostradamous to see this coming last year, he was a ticking time bomb. Sure to be a media frenzy when it does go to trial.