Former England worldwide Joey Barton pushed over a rival supervisor after his staff was defeated, inflicting him severe accidents to his face, a jury has been informed.
Barton, 38, went on trial on Monday accused of assaulting then Barnsley supervisor Daniel Stendel within the tunnel at Oakwell, in April 2019, after the defendant’s Fleetwood aspect misplaced 4-2.
Prosecutor Ian Goldsack described tensions between the 2 sides once they met earlier within the season at Fleetwood – together with a handshake between Barton and Stendel that the German supervisor “took to be an intimidatory gesture” – and these continued into the match in Barnsley seven months later.
Goldsack informed a jury of six males and 6 ladies at Sheffield Crown Court docket that Barton confronted Stendel in the course of the match in April and, after the ultimate whistle, the defendant was “nonetheless very labored up and used some foul language in the direction of him, which Stendel didn’t absolutely perceive, however realised he was being insulted”.
Goldsack mentioned that the defendant ran previous quite a lot of individuals after the match and entered the tunnel behind Stendel.
He mentioned: “Mr Stendel felt a push from behind and fell ahead, hitting his face in opposition to that tunnel construction.
“He was knocked to the bottom and when he seemed up he noticed the defendant passing him.
“He believed him to be liable for what occurred.”
The prosecutor mentioned: “Mr Barton didn’t cease, didn’t make any apology and did nothing to acknowledge what had taken place.”
The jury was proven video footage which confirmed Barton working into the tunnel after Stendel and the construction then shaking.
Additional footage confirmed a bloodied Stendel being helped again to the altering room.
Goldsack confirmed the jury pictures of accidents sustained by Stendel, saying probably the most severe had been to his mouth, together with an higher proper incisor tooth being moved out of the bone, with some related nerve harm.
The prosecutor mentioned: “Soccer is a sport which might arouse nice ardour.
“Clearly there was some historical past to this fixture, with a point of antagonism on the earlier event.
“And Mr Barton’s temper was maybe not helped by that earlier defeat; by having a participant despatched off simply after it seemed as if Fleetwood may get again within the recreation; by Barnsley extending its lead with a 3rd aim, prompting provocative celebrations by (Barnsley first staff coach) Christopher Stern; and by the defeat that got here with the ultimate whistle.”
Goldsack mentioned: “Maybe his anger hadn’t subsided from their trade moments earlier than on the pitchside. Maybe the temptation was too nice.
“However the prosecution say you may be certain it was Mr Barton whose actions had been liable for Mr Stendel’s lack of stability, going forwards, struggling the accidents that you’ve seen, and that he’s responsible of illegal assault as set out in your indictment.”
Barton, who’s now Bristol Rovers supervisor, denies one depend of assault occasioning precise bodily hurt.
The jury has been informed that Stendel will give proof by video hyperlink from Germany on Tuesday.