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Barton 'emphatically' denies assault allegations

Joey Barton has been accused of assaulting Barnsley boss. Credit: PA

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton says he "emphatically" denies all allegations made against him following Saturday's defeat at Barnsley.

Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow tweeted that Barton allegedly confronted Reds manager Daniel Stendel after the game.

South Yorkshire Police are investigating an incident in the tunnel at Oakwell have bailed a man who was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated offences.

"With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically deny all the allegations made," Barton posted on Twitter.

"Given this matter has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment."

Woodrow, whose tweet was later deleted, claimed the incident left German coach Stendel with "blood pouring from his face".

South Yorkshire Police are keen to gather any available video footage of the event.

"A man arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offence and racially aggravated assault, in connection to an incident at Barnsley Football Club on Saturday 13 April, has been bailed until next month," read a police statement.

"Officers investigating the incident would be keen to speak to anyone who may have caught the incident on camera or who may have mobile phone footage immediately before or after the incident occurred."

Barnsley announced on Tuesday that they had lodged formal complaints with both the English Football League and the Football Association over the alleged incident after the match.

Police said inquiries into the incident are ongoing and asked people to refrain from speculation that could potentially harm their investigation.

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Barnsley lodge formal complaint with EFL and FA following alleged Barton incident

Barnsley have lodged a formal complaint with the English Football League and the Football Association relating to an alleged incident between manager Daniel Stendel Credit: PA

Barnsley have lodged a formal complaint with the English Football League and the Football Association relating to an alleged incident between manager Daniel Stendel and Fleetwood boss Joey Barton, the League One club have announced.

Barton is said to have confronted Reds boss Daniel Stendel in the players' tunnel following Saturday's game, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the home side at Oakwell, and South Yorkshire Police are investigating.

"Barnsley Football Club can confirm that it has lodged a formal complaint to both the English Football League and the Football Association," said a club statement. "This is following an alleged incident at the conclusion of the match on Saturday 13th April, between Joey Barton and Daniel Stendel.

"The club is also currently working with the police and assisting with all enquiries regarding the incident. No further comment will be issued whilst police investigations are ongoing."

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