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Joey Barton trial for ‘assaulting rival manager in fury over goal celebrations’ halted after video link struggles

JOEY Barton’s trial for allegedly assaulting a rival manager over a goal celebration has been halted over video link struggles.

The jury was discharged by a judge who said things were getting “lost in translation” over the cross-national video link.

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Joey Barton arrives at court today[/caption]

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Barton is accused of physically assaulting Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel in the tunnel after a touchline bust-up in April 2019[/caption]

Barton denies assaulting former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel occasioning him actual bodily harm, after a League One match between Barnsley and Fleetwood Town in April 2019.

His trial began on Monday and Mr Stendel began giving evidence on Tuesday about the alleged incident, over a video link from a courtroom in Hanover, in Germany.

But, after more than hour of translation difficulties between Sheffield Crown Court and Germany, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told the jury: “It is just not right to struggle on.”

He told the panel: “Unfortunately, this morning I became increasingly concerned that things are getting lost in translation.

‘NOT FAIR’

“He is a critical witness in this case. It’s not fair to him and not fair to anyone in this case.”

Judge Richardson said it was not anybody’s fault that the trial had to be halted, but was a consequence of the extraordinary measures put in place due to the Covid pandemic.

He said a new trial date would be fixed after it could be worked out how to bring Mr Stendel to the UK to give his evidence.

But the judge pointed out that the trial had already been postponed for a year due to Covid and was the oldest case on Sheffield Crown Court’s books.

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Barton has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault[/caption]

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He was accused of physically assaulting Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel in the tunnel after a touchline bust-up in April 2019[/caption]

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Daniel Stendel was left with a damaged tooth[/caption]

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Joey Barton as he arrived at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday[/caption]

And he said counsel in the trial would look at the legal situation to see if an exception to current travel bans could be made in the “service of justice”.

Barton sat in the dock listening to proceedings wearing a dark suit, white shirt and navy tie.

He was given unconditional bail and the case was adjourned until Wednesday for a new trial date to be explored.

Barton, arrived at Sheffield Crown Court today dressed in a dark suit and jacket.

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