Date: 1st July 2008 at 4:45pm
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From the official website ‘Newcastle United notes the sentence passed to Joey Barton at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court today.

The Club now intends to hold discussions with Joey and his representatives at the earliest possible opportunity.

Until such time that this meeting has taken place, there will be no further comment from the Club.’

Barton was handed a four month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service in Manchester. He hopes to report for pre-season training next week.