Barton reopens feud with Dabo
Joey Barton has hit out at former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo over the infamous training ground bust-up in 2007 that left the Frenchman in hospital.
Barton, who has since joined Newcastle, was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence for assault along with 200 hours community service, after Dabo pressed charges. But the 28-year-old claims he has never told his side of the story and revealed that it was Dabo who started the fight.
"I have never given my side of the story, but the truth is that he started the fight and I finished it," Barton told French Magazine So Foot. "Frankly, Ousmane is a little pussy. It's him who hit me from behind with his hand.
"When he did that, I hit him back. It happened just like that, bang, bang bang and it was over. But I am no monster. I don't like fighting, but it's human to defend yourself. The problem was I hit him three times. Of course, it was not the best response, but I grew up in the street and when I am attacked, I defend myself and when you fight, there are no rules."
Barton wanted the pair to sort out their disagreement between themselves and said he was ''angry'' over the way that the incident has been portrayed.
"I wanted to discuss it like men, but he never came to see me and that makes me angry because he told lies in the papers and I was not able to respond,'' Barton said. "There was a late tackle in training and we exchanged a few words. I have an aggressive style and he wasn't happy.
"I told him, 'You are a piece of s**t, don't come looking for me'. He said, 'You are arrogant, you think you're something special'. We kept talking and I said, 'Yeah, you're great', but it was sarcastic because he was not playing well, so he slapped me from behind. He tried to be the bad boy, but it was him who ended up on the floor."
Dabo, who currently plays for MLS side New England Revolution, has previously maintained that it was Barton who attacked him from behind, labelling him a ''coward'' and said he was hit while unconscious from the first punch.