Barton admits Dabo assault

Image: Barton: Guilty plea

Joey Barton has pleaded guilty to assaulting former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Midfielder pleads guilty to charge

Joey Barton has pleaded guilty to assaulting former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo in a training ground row. The Newcastle United midfielder was due to go on trial at Manchester Minshull Crown Court over the incident, but changed his plea shortly before the scheduled start. Barton, 25, admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Dabo when they were playing colleagues at City in May 2007. Frenchman Dabo, who left City to rejoin Lazio in January, required hospital treatment for facial injuries after the incident. Barton is currently serving a six-month jail term which began on 20th May after pleading guilty to charges of assault and affray over an incident in McDonald's in Liverpool city centre on 27th December. The one-time England international - whose victim Dabo was in court to hear him plead guilty - will be sentenced on Tuesday morning. Barton pleaded guilty after Judge Mushtaq Khokhar indicated that he would impose a suspended sentence for the assault.

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