Police appeal for witnesses after Joey Barton incident

Date published: Wednesday 17th April 2019 11:06 - Matthew Briggs

Police have appealed for witnesses to an alleged incident involving Fleetwood boss Joey Barton and Barnsley counterpart Daniel Stendel to come forward.

A South Yorkshire Police statement said: “Police investigating reports of an assault at Barnsley Football Club on Saturday 13 April are appealing for witnesses as enquiries continue.

“The incident is believed to have taken place in the tunnel around 5pm, following the conclusion of Barnsley’s match against Fleetwood Town, and left one man with facial injuries.

“At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.”

Officers are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have captured a confrontation between the men following the Yorkshire club’s 4-2 League One win on camera.

The statement continued: “Were you at the game on Saturday with a view, or in the area, of the tunnel? Did you see what happened?

“Officers are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have caught the incident on camera or who may have any mobile phone footage immediately before or after the incident occurred.

“If you think you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 326 of 13 April 2019.”

Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow tweeted that Barton confronted Stendel following the game, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the home team.

Woodrow, who scored in his side’s victory, claimed Stendel was left with “blood pouring from his face”.

The tweet was soon deleted.

Neither club fulfilled their post-match media duties after the match.

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