Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty to his charges (Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)
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Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault by beating after he was arrested by police last month.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder – now manager of Bristol Rovers – appeared via video link at Wimbledon magistrates' court on Monday morning to enter his plea.
Barton was arrested on June 2 after he was alleged to have assaulted his wife Georgia, 35, at a house in Kew, South West London, leaving her with a head injury
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed the charges in a statement, which read: “Joseph Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, is due to appear on bail on Monday, July 26, at Wimbledon magistrates’ court charged with assault by beating.
“The charge relates to an incident which took place at a residential property in Kew on Wednesday, June 2 in which a woman received a head injury. London Ambulance Service did not attend.
Barton spoke via video link
“A 38-year-old man was arrested on June 2, bailed pending further enquiries, and subsequently charged.”
A statement released by Bristol Rovers read: "The football club is aware of the court hearing involving Manager Joey Barton, scheduled to take place on Monday, 26th July.
"As there are legal proceedings pending the Club is unable to make further comment at this current time."
Barton has only been in charge at League One side Bristol Rovers since February having left former club Fleetwood just a few days into the new year.
He retired from playing in 2018 upon joining Fleetwood, having previously represented Burnley at the end of a career which had seen him feature for City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers, among others.
During his career he also made one appearance for England in a friendly against Spain in 2007.