Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton is reportedly being investigated by police for an alleged assault on Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel.
Barton’s side were defeated in their League One clash with the Tykes by 4-2 with the pair becoming involved in a heated discussion at the end of the game.
Sky Sports are reporting that an incident occurred between the pair in the tunnel which left the Barnsley boss Stendel requiring medical attention.
They also report that South Yorkshire Police have spoken with Barton to assist with their enquiries and will speak to Barton again later in the week as part of a voluntary interview.
A video has also emerged showing Barton’s car being stopped by police as he attempted to make his way out of Oakwell.
Joey Barton stopped by old bill from leaving Oakwell pic.twitter.com/Kowh0OQeqp
— Jack (@JACKEDD1E) April 13, 2019
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow said:
“Firstly @ftfc to have a manager that can physically assault another manager in the tunnel is disgusting, causing our manager to have blood pouring from his face!!People like you don’t deserve a place in the game of football you are foul.Secondly fantastic win today @BarnsleyFC”
A Barnsley statement read: “The club can confirm there was an alleged incident in the tunnel area that took place following the conclusion of today’s match, which South Yorkshire police are currently investigating.
“The club is assisting the police with its enquiries and, as a result, we are not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”
Barton took charge of Fleetwood at the start of the campaign and has them sitting 11th in the League One table in his first year in management.
The 36-year old’s playing career was dominated by controversy and contained a host of ill-disciplined incidents
The former Manchester City and QPR midfielder was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to assault in 2008.
He was also handed a four-month suspended sentence following an assault on Manchester City teammate Ousmane Dabo.
During his time at QPR, he was given a 12-match ban by the FA after he kneed City striker Sergio Aguero and had to be escorted off the pitch.