Joey Barton caused serious injuries to manager Daniel Stendel after his team was defeated, a jury has been told on Monday afternoon.
The 38 year old ex-Premier League player went on trial accused of assaulting then Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel in the tunnel at Oakwell, in April 2019, after the defendant’s Fleetwood side lost 4-2 in League One.
Prosecutor Ian Goldsack described tensions between the two teams when they met earlier in the season at Fleetwood – including a handshake between Barton and Stendel that the German manager “took to be an intimidatory gesture” – and these continued into the match in Barnsley seven months later.
Goldsack spoke to a jury of six men and six women at Sheffield Crown Court that Barton confronted Stendel during the match in April and, followinng the final whistle, the defendant was “still very worked up and used some foul language towards him, which Stendel did not fully understand, but realised he was being insulted”.
Goldsack added that the defendant ran past a number of people after the match and entered the tunnel behind Stendel.
He said: “Mr Stendel felt a push from behind and fell forward, hitting his face against that tunnel structure.
“He was knocked to the ground and when he looked up he saw the defendant passing him.
“He believed him to be responsible for what happened.”
The prosecutor said: “Mr Barton did not stop, did not make any apology and did nothing to acknowledge what had taken place.”
The jury was shown video footage that showed Barton running into the tunnel after Stendel and the structure then shaking.
Further footage showed a bloodied Stendel being helped back to the changing room, shocked at what he endured.
Goldsack showed the jury photographs of injuries sustained by Stendel, saying the most serious were to his mouth, including an upper right incisor tooth being moved out of the bone, with some associated nerve damage.
The prosecutor said: “Football is a sport which can arouse great passion.
“Clearly there was some history to this fixture, with some degree of antagonism on the previous occasion.
“And Mr Barton’s mood was perhaps not helped by that previous defeat; by having a player sent off just after it looked as though Fleetwood might get back in the game; by Barnsley extending its lead with a third goal, prompting provocative celebrations by [Barnsley first team coach] Christopher Stern; and by the defeat that came with the final whistle.”
Goldsack said: “Perhaps his anger hadn’t subsided from their exchange moments before at the pitchside. Perhaps the temptation was too great.
“But the prosecution say you can be sure it was Mr Barton whose actions were responsible for Mr Stendel’s loss of balance, going forwards, suffering the injuries that you have seen, and that he is guilty of unlawful assault as set out in your indictment.”
Barton, who is now Bristol Rovers manager, denies one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The jury has been told that Stendel will give evidence by video link from Germany on Tuesday.
Fans reacted after seeing that court was told how Joey Barton caused serious injuries to Daniel Stendel…
Bloody hell. He looks like Fabio Capello 😂
— Dan (@Danny_Slugsy) June 7, 2021
@ISeeRedPe0ple: Solicitor: Put on glasses Joey. They’ll make you look less of a thug.
@aaronnoroozi: Lock him up, again
@AlexRed00561762: If Joey Barton doesn’t get jailed am I allowed to appeal that?
@Missy_Ports: Barton being Barton again.
@ThomasJamesGray: Remember when Joey Barton put on some glasses and started talking about philosophy & everyone almost started listening?
@MattHealey: Joey being joey.
@Paulinyork: Next on the news ‘bear shits in the woods’
@donaldcoke: Joey Barton not surprised to be dragging my club Bristol Rovers through the mud, hopefully the board will sack the thug.
@suzysways: This doesn’t make for enjoyable reading. Barton, according to this, pushed Stendel from behind. Barton denies it.
Paul Hart: Why am I not surprise
Nathan Phelps: Lock him up… again
Lewis Muirfield: And yet he is still allowed to manage, disgrace
Will Osbourne: He just thrives on getting into trouble don’t he?!
Simon Quinn: I am fed up of Joey Barton constantly hurting others, why is it fair that this guy keeps getting opportunities to turn his life around and yet he gets away with it
Aaron Farnie: Literally taking the piss now, hope court sends him behind bars again
Jason Duggan: Ah I can see it now, Barton on the touchline managing Bristol Rovers next season with a tag on his leg lol
Kenneth Heaton: Got to feel for Stendel, sounds like Barton pushed him from behind, what a dickhead
David Akins: Justice for Stendel I say!