JOEY Barton has today pleaded not guilty to attacking a rival footie manager.
The Fleetwood manager, 36, was accused of physically assaulting Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel in the tunnel after a touchline bust-up in April.
The German boss was left with facial injuries after the alleged attack.
Mr Barton today arrived at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Police previously confirmed: “On Saturday 13 April 2019, a man was left with facial injuries after an incident in the club tunnel around 5pm, following the conclusion of Barnsley’s match against Fleetwood Town.”
He will now face Sheffield Crown Court on November 6.
If convicted, Barton could face a maximum of five years in prison if his case is sent to the Crown Court.
The manager was said to be furious after a seeing one of his players sent off in a 4-2 League One defeat.
A steward and a cop stopped Barton’s BMW from leaving the ground.
He was later arrested after Barnsley complained to South Yorkshire Police about the alleged incident.
The charge came just weeks after Barton married Georgia McNeil in a lavish ceremony at Aynhoe Park in Banbury.
Barton started his football career with Manchester City in 2002 after going through their youth system and went on to make 150 appearances for the club.
He then moved to Newcastle United in a £5.8million transfer in July 2007 before leaving for Queens Park Rangers in August 2011.
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The midfielder was then put on loan to French side Marseille during the 2012-13 season before making his way to Burnley for one season – helping promote them to the Premier League.
In 2017, while playing for Rangers, he was banned from football for 18 months after admitting to a charge from the FA about placing bets on football matches.
The footballer then began his management career with Fleetwood Town in June 2018 and is still the current boss.