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Barton charged with assault

The Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with
assault following his alleged training-ground bust-up with former team-mate
Ousmane Dabo. Barton, who is claimed to have attacked Dabo at the end of last
season when he was still at Manchester City, was formally charged with assault
by police after answering bail in Manchester today.
- The Guardian.

Not an entirely surprising story, but perhaps pleasing that it is someone else's problem now rather than ours and just serves as a reminder as to just how much progress has been made with the squad over the past month given what a huge hole his transfer appeared to create in the midfield, not to mention his status as top goalscorer last season