No more comment on Barton saga

The Premier League side revealed on Monday that the midfielder is

available on a free transfer, despite having one year left on his

contract. Barton has used his Twitter account to strongly criticise

the club’s hierarchy as a result and he was made to train by

himself. The 28-year-old was also hit with a fine of two weeks’

wages and on Thursday only trained with Newcastle’s reserves in

what has developed into an ugly feud between the player and club

officials. Newcastle are due to hold a press conference on Thursday

afternoon, but the St James’ Park club released an earlier

statement to state Barton’s future would not be discussed. It read:

“We understand the level of interest in the club’s decision to

offer Joey Barton a free transfer. “However, it would not be

dignified, nor would it serve any useful purpose at this present

time, for either the club or Joey to air their private issues on

this matter in public. “The club and the player have important

business to focus on over the coming days and both parties have

come to an agreement that we will not comment further at this

time.”