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Joey Barton pleads not guilty to assault by beating after woman suffered head injury

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Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty on a charge of assault by beating after a woman suffered a head injury.

The former Premier League footballer appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in southwest London via video link.

The Metropolitan Police said the charge against Barton, 38, of Widnes, Cheshire, relates to an alleged incident at a residential property in Kew, southwest London, on 2 June.

He was charged on Sunday after being arrested on 2 June and bailed pending further inquiries.

The London Ambulance Service did not attend the scene.

Barton played for a number of teams throughout his 15-year career, including Manchester City, Newcastle United and Burnley.