Joey Barton, a former Manchester City midfielder who is now a coach of Bristol Rovers, a Championship club in England, has been charged with assault after allegedly beating up his wife, Georgia.
Joey Barton will appear in court on Monday, July 26, 2021, to answer questions related to how his wife was allegedly beaten and sustained head injuries.
The alleged incident happened on June 2, 2021, at his residence in Kew, southwest London, on 2 June 2021. A statement from the Metropolitan police released during the weekend confirmed that the football manager would appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.
The police statement read: “Joseph Barton, 38, of Widnes, is due to appear on bail on Monday 26 July 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 2 June in which a woman received a head injury.”
Further investigation into the incident involving Joey Barton and his wife, Georgia revealed that the ex-Manchester City star was arrested on the day the incident happened.
However, he was released on bail that same day while the police continued to investigate the incident until he was charged with assault.
Who is Joey Barton?
Joey Barton is a product of the Manchester City youth system. He started his professional football career at the club in 2002. He was able to establish himself at the club as a midfielder. He made over 130 appearances before he left City.
After spending over 5 years at City, he decided to move to Newcastle United in July 2007 for a transfer fee worth £5.8 million. He spent just four years of his football career at Newcastle before he moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2011.
He played for another couple of clubs including Marseille, Rangers, and Burnley. In April 2017, he was banned from football for a betting-related offense. When his ban was lifted in 2018, he decided to go into coaching.
Throughout his football career, Joey Barton made only one appearance for the Three Lions of England.
He started his coaching career with a lower league club, Fleetwood Town in 2018 before he was appointed the coach of Bristol Rovers in 2021.
Joey Barton’s relationship with Georgia, the woman he allegedly assaulted
Joey Barton and Georgia McNeil are childhood lovers. They have been lovers long before he became a football star. Even when the former footballer was having issues on and off the pitch, the British lady was always there for him.
The two lovers welcomed their first child on December 28, 2021. The child, a boy, was named Cassius. They welcomed their second child, a daughter, on June 6, 2014. They named her Pieta.
Though Joey Barton and Georgia have been lovers from childhood, the 38-year-old ex-footballer and the 35-year-old mother of two got married in 2019. The wedding was said to be a lavish ceremony.
To show how deep their love has been, Georgia did not hesitate to celebrate Joey Barton during Father’s Day in the same month she allegedly received head injuries from Barton.
In her message to the embattled ex-footballer, Georgia wrote: “Happy Father’s Day, the kids absolutely adore you. Thank you for everything you do to them.”
In her reaction to the ongoing scandal against her husband, Georgia took to Instagram today, July 25, to say he never accused the ex-footballer of being violent towards her.
She wrote: “Whilst I wouldn’t normally comment on private matters before the rumour mill goes into overdrive I’d like to make it clear there is absolutely no accusation by myself or anyone else that joe has been violent or physical towards me. We consider this a private matter and will be making no further comment.”