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Newcastle's Barton Gets Away With Murder

Former Manchester City player Joey Barton has been released from prison after just serving two months of his original six-month sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

Barton's defence team told the judge, who dealt with the charge of assault that the footballer was remorseful.

In sentencing, Judge Globe told him...

'You were restrained by others but ignored them and acted in an extremely violent and aggressive manner.'

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan went on record to say...

'Joey and I will need to have a meeting but I'm willing to give him a second chance.'

To read the summary of the incident, click here.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 28 2008

Time: 8:30PM

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Kevin Keegan is a spineless jellyfish.
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28/07/2008 22:28:00

Pathetic. Mad Kev who has come across increasingly as an affable buffoon will see his standing seriously decline by his open support of that nutter. Newcastle must be in a worse state than I thought.
Johnny Baguette
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28/07/2008 22:50:00

He doesn't deserve a second chance.
Fan of Blues
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29/07/2008 02:31:00

Not our problem anymore for which we are thankful because we got £5m for him. I will say this, it is up to the Newcastle Board and Management to deal with him in this matter. However in my opinion he has served his time and should not lose his job just because he has been in prison. A different matter if the crime had been a football related crime e.g. throwing a match or betting etc.. It was not and therefore should keep his job.
Buzz Lightyear
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29/07/2008 03:20:00

Love the "second chance" comment!! By my reckoning he had that years ago!! Still, as Buzz quite rightly puts it - not our problem!!!!
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29/07/2008 05:58:00

Thank goodness it no longer is our problem.
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29/07/2008 08:34:00

Filthy thug.
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29/07/2008 10:58:00

the shame is that if the Geordie's did sack him,some other club would pick him up for should turn its back on him completely.
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29/07/2008 16:22:00

Joey should be banned from football. Mutu snorts drugs and gets a huge ban; Joey is a violent criminal and gets a second chance?
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29/07/2008 16:26:00

That CCTV footage showed a cowardly and brutal attack. He upset the stability at City more than once and the relief that we are well rid is immense. Every misplayed pass, badly timed tackle or booking will see him come under increasing pressure at Newcastle and his inclusion could become a liability and distraction for Mad Kev who may well regret his open support of the tapper.
Johnny Baguette
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29/07/2008 17:24:00

Give it some time. Barton equals bad publicity and Newcastle will wise up.
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29/07/2008 18:19:00

I agree. Neverlind the whole Keegan, Wise, Boardroom triangle they have to contend with!
Johnny Baguette
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29/07/2008 18:31:00


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