Police are investigating an alleged assault by the Fleetwood manager, Joey Barton, on his Barnsley counterpart, Daniel Stendel, after their sides match at Oakwell, won 4-2 by Barnsley
Police were investigating an incident in the tunnel involving Joey Barton after Barnsleys match against Fleetwood at Oakwell.
The Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow tweeted that Barton, the Fleetwood manager, confronted his Barnsley counterpart, Daniel Stendel, after the game, which ended 4-2 to the home team. The tweet was later deleted. Woodrow, who scored his sides second goal, alleged that Barton had left Stendel with blood pouring from his face.
Neither club fulfilled their media duties after the match, in which Fleetwood had Harry Souttar sent off after 65 minutes with Barnsley leading 2-1. There appeared to be a lengthy disagreement between the two benches after the game, before they made their way to the tunnel.
A South Yorkshire police spokesman said: We are aware of something that has taken place in the tunnel after the game and we are investigating.
A Barnsley statement read: The club can confirm there was an alleged incident in the tunnel area that took place following the conclusion of todays match, which South Yorkshire police are currently investigating. The club is assisting the police with its inquiries and, as a result, we are not in a position to make any further comment at this time.
Sky Sports News showed footage of Barton being driven away from Oakwell but being flagged down and prevented from leaving the stadium car park by police officers.
Mike-Steven Bahre and Woodrow had given Barnsley a 2-0 half-time lead in the game but Ched Evans reduced the deficit in the 64th minute. Moments later, though, Souttar was sent off for elbowing Cameron McGeehan. The victim of that offence then extended the home lead and, though Wes Burns pulled it back to 3-2, Jacob Brown settled the match. The result lifted Barnsley to second while Fleetwood remained 11th.
Barton finished his playing career at Burnley in 2017. The former Manchester City, Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille and Rangers midfielder was named as Fleetwoods next manager in April last year, taking over on 2 June at the expiry of an 18-month ban from football for gambling, reduced to 13 months on appeal. That suspension had been imposed while he was at Turf Moor, for bets he had placed on more than 1,200 matches while a player between 2006 and 2016.
At the time of the Fleetwood announcement, he said: Im very excited by the challenge and the project. Its a club Ive known for a long time and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. My first job in management was always going to be a big decision for me and Im delighted with the opportunity ahead. Im joining a club with big ambitions.
The chairman in question, Andy Pilley, said: This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town and one Im very excited about. Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.
Hes someone Ive known for a number of years and Im convinced hes ready to make the step into management and that he will be a huge success.
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