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Barton admits to violent conduct

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

Newcastle's Joey Barton has admitted to a Football Association charge of violent conduct over his assault of former team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

In July, Barton received a four-month suspended prison sentence for the assault which occurred in May 2007 when the pair were at Manchester City.

He has requested a personal hearing to answer the charge.

There is no maximum limit to the punishment he could face but a lengthy ban and possible fine are likely.

Since the assault on Dabo, Barton has been jailed for a drunken attack on revellers in Liverpool city centre.

The 5.8m midfielder missed United's open day at St James's Park on Wednesday, where manager Kevin Keegan failed to mention Barton's absence.

Barton admitted the charge at the FA headquarters in Soho Square and requested a personal hearing before an FA regulatory commission in due course.

The 25-year-old had been sentenced after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Dabo, 31, who now plays for Lazio.

Barton was released from prison in July after serving 74 days of his sentence for attacking a teenager and Newcastle announced the club would be standing by him.

The player also missed the Magpies' pre-season trip to Palma, where the team played in the Mallorca Summer Cup.

see also
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Magpies hand Barton second chance
29 Jul 08 |  Newcastle
Joey Barton released from prison
28 Jul 08 |  Manchester
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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
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