Barton arrested on suspicion of affray after alleged fight in Liverpool
20:45 GMT, 4 June 2012
QPR midfielder Joey Barton was arrested on Monday on suspicion of affray after an altercation outside a nightclub in Liverpool, sources said.
Barton, 29, was involved in trouble in the early hours of Monday while on a night out with his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre.
Two men, aged 21 and from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence at around 5:30am at the scene of the incident, outside Garlands nightclub in the city.
Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool
But after they were held in custody and questioned, Barton and a 20-year-old man were also arrested this afternoon.
All have been bailed pending further inquiries, apart from Barton, who remains in police custody where he will be questioned by officers.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: 'Following an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool city centre, in the early hours of this morning, four men have been arrested on suspicion of affray.
The club: Garlands outside which Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place
'Two 21-year-old men were arrested at the scene in the early hours of this morning and another two men, a 20-year-old from the Liverpool area and 29-year-old from the Widnes area, were arrested this afternoon.
'The two 21-year-old men and the 20-year-old man have been questioned by officers and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
'The 29-year-old man remains in police custody where he will be questioned by detectives.'
BAD BOY BARTON
Joey Barton was punched in the face after being involved in an
altercation with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in
the early hours of this morning. Sportsmail details some of the other
incidents that have been bad news for Barton.
February – Barton red-carded for the first time in Manchester City's FA
Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.
April – Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.
July – Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.
- Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during
City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to
pay four weeks' salary – approximately 60,000 – immediately, with a
further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning
65,000 in damages.
July – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's
team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks'
wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
2006: September – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
- Shown the second red card of his career – this time a straight red –
for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City's 2-0 home defeat to
May – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane
Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged
with assault, and on July 1 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail
sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which
are suspended and a 25,000 fine.
27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and
later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and
misses Newcastle's New Year fixtures, being released on January 3.
2008: May 20 – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.
May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso.
Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is
suspended by the club two days later.
10 – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat
for Newcastle at St James' Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for
1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments
criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins
QPR on August 26.
2012: January 2 – Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.
26 – Unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association,
labelling them an “Orwellian organisation” in need of a 'drastic
May 13 – Sent
off for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the season at
Manchester City. Knees Sergio Aguero, sending the striker to the ground,
and attempts to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the
May 14 – In the wake of the
dismissal, launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Shearer, his
former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit, before
turning on the programme's presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: “back under
your stone you odious little toad…”
23 – Banned for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being charged with
two acts of violent conduct against Aguero and Kompany. He accepted the
former, but denied the later and requested a personal hearing, where the
verdict went against him.