Joey Barton will take charge of Fleetwood Town as normal in the friendly at Port Vale after being charged with actual bodily harm following an incident at Barnsley

Joey Barton
Joey Barton

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton will take charge of the team as normal in tonight's friendly at Port Vale after being charged with actual bodily harm following an incident at Barnsley that left their manager Daniel Stendel with facial injuries.

South Yorkshire Police released a statement this morning revealing that Barton, 36, will answer assault charges at Magistrates Court in Barnsley in October.

The alleged incident occurred in the tunnel area following Barnsley's 4-2 win over Town in a League One fixture at Oakwell on April 13.

Until the case is concluded it will be a case of business as usual at Fleetwood, with Barton set to remain in his role as head coach.

The club have no plans to suspend Barton, who took training as normal this morning and will be in charge as normal at Vale Park tonight.

A South Yorkshire Police statement reads: "A man has been charged following an incident at Barnsley Football Club in April 2019.

"Joseph Barton, 36, of Fox Bank Close, Widnes, has been charged with actual bodily harm contrary to section 47 assault and has been bailed to appear before Barnsley Magistrates Court on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

"On Saturday 13 April 2019, a man was left with facial injuries after an incident in the club tunnel at around 5pm, following the conclusion of Barnsley's match against Fleetwood Town. "