QPR skipper, Joey Barton, has been released on Tuesday on bail after previously being arrested in the early hours of Monday for getting involved in an altercation with two men.
Barton, a former Newcastle star, had decided to visit Garlands, a night club in Liverpool, with his girlfriend, Georgia McNeil, but as dawn broke, he was reported to be involved in a brawl.
Merseyside police did confirm, however, that he had been arrested on suspicion of affray along with the two men opposing him. Although according to recent reports, the Merseyside police have come to a conclusion that he will be released on bail as a result of questioning.
The news comes as a surprise considering that he has been detained for numerous reasons in the past. The most recent controversial event before the ‘early morning brawl’ was during the final match of the 2011-2012 English Premier League season.
Video footage depicts an enraged Barton elbowing Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, followed by kneeing his fellow Argentine compatriot Sergio Aguero and supposedly headbutting his counterpart, skipper Vincent Kompany. Although denying the evidence, he received a hefty 12 match ban and was hit with a 75,000 British pounds fine ($115,125); to be implemented at the start of the new footballing season.
However, his latest scandal has put his career with current club QPR in shadows. Reports suggest that QPR officials were unaware of the situation until late Monday night and now boss Mark Hughes is unimpressed with Barton’s personal life. Rumors are rife that QPR are prepared to terminate his contract and don’t want to risk the club being distracted with the Jordie’s nonsense anymore.
Meanwhile, Barton’s life is in further turmoil as sources close to the player suggest he is considering deactivating his beloved Twitter account. Barton has a long history on the social networking site so deciding to be rid of it also comes as a significant surprise.
(Written by Matthew Bolton)