Newcastle's Barton charged with assault

LONDON Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:57am GMT

Newcastle United's Joey Barton gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northern England November 10, 2007. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis. NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE +44 (0) 207 864 9000.

Newcastle United's Joey Barton gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northern England November 10, 2007.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with common assault and affray after an incident in the centre of Liverpool on Thursday morning, police said.

The 25-year-old was arrested along with a 19-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman at 5:30 a.m. British time on Church Street in the heart of the northwest England city.

Barton remained in custody while the other two were bailed and all three will appear together at Liverpool City Magistrates Court at 10 a.m. on Friday, a statement released by Merseyside Police said.

Barton joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Manchester City in June for a fee of 5.8 million pounds ($11.52 million).

The player is already on unconditional bail over the alleged assault on former Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo which goes to a Crown Court trial next June.

(Reporting by Luke Baker; editing by John O'Brien and Trevor Huggins)

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