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FA charges Barton over Dabo clash

Ousmane Dabo and Joey Barton
Barton (right) attacked Dabo (left) in a training ground incident

The Football Association has charged Newcastle's Joey Barton with violent conduct over his assault of then Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Barton, 25, was given a four-month suspended prison sentence on 1 July for the May 2007 assault after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The new charge comes after the FA received the relevant documents from that hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

The former Manchester City player has two weeks to respond to the charge.

Barton was released from prison on Monday after serving 74 days of his six-month prison sentence for a separate assault, in which he attacked a teenager in Liverpool city centre last year.

Newcastle officials met Barton on Tuesday to discuss his future and Magpies boss Kevin Keegan told BBC Sport on Sunday that the player would be given a second chance by the club.

The case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission on an as yet unspecified date.

Joey will be requesting a personal hearing in relation to the charge

Newcastle spokesman on Barton

There is no maximum sentence which could be issued to Barton by the FA and but a lengthy ban and possible fine could be the outcome if he is found guilty.

Newcastle have responded to the charge by questioning why they should be penalised for an incident which took place so long ago, and while the player was at a different club.

"The club has sought clarification from the Football Association as to why this decision has been reached now, given the incident occurred nearly 15 months ago," Newcastle said in a statement.

"Joey will be requesting a personal hearing in relation to the charge and the club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time."

For their part, the FA insists its hands were tied while the criminal investigation was ongoing, and that with no video footage of the incident, it was unable to interview players who were central to the police's case.

"Having received relevant documentation, the Football Association has based the charge on the conviction," said BBC Five Live's Nigel Adderley.

"It is understood the FA will contest any claim that further punishment for the offence would be a case of double jeopardy."

see also
Magpies hand Barton second chance
29 Jul 08 |  Newcastle
Joey Barton released from prison
28 Jul 08 |  Manchester
Owen to remain captain - Keegan
23 Jul 08 |  Newcastle
Magpies to discuss Barton future
01 Jul 08 |  Newcastle
Barton is sentenced for assault
01 Jul 08 |  England
Keegan will support Barton - Lee
21 May 08 |  Newcastle
Barton admits team-mate assault
30 Jun 08 |  England
Keegan welcomes change in Barton
01 Feb 08 |  Newcastle
Keegan hails Barton re-emergence
07 Apr 08 |  Newcastle
Man City hit back in Barton row
13 Jun 07 |  Football
Barton books in
07 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Man City reject Boro's Barton bid
31 Jan 06 |  Man City
Barton is fined over hotel fracas
27 Jul 05 |  Man City

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