Joseph Joey Anthony Barton is an English midfielder. He began his football career with Manchester City in 2002 after working his way through their youth system. His appearances in the senior side gradually increased over the following five years and he made more than 150 for the club. He joined Newcastle in 2007 for a fee of £5.8 million, making his debut in a friendly against Hartlepool United on 17 July 2007. Four days later, he was ruled out for six to seven weeks after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot during a friendly match with Carlisle United and was ruled out for a further month in October 2007. He eventually made his Premier League debut for Newcastle on 22 October 2007, coming on as a second half substitute in a 3.1 win over Tottenham and since than played 19 games, scoring once.
His career has been marred by numerous controversial incidents and disciplinary problems. In December 2004, at Manchester City's Christmas party, he stubbed out a lit cigar in youth player Jamie Tandy's eye, after he had caught Tandy attempting to set fire to his shirt. The following summer, Barton was sent home from a pre-season tournament in Thailand after assaulting a 15-year-old Everton supporter who had provoked Barton by verbally abusing him and kicking his shin.
On 30 September 2006, television cameras captured Barton exposing his backside to Everton fans, following City's injury-time equalizer in a game at Goodison Park. In May 2007, he allegedly assaulted his team mate Ousmane Dabo during training. Dabo said that he had been hit several times, and had to go to hospital after suffering injuries to his head, including a suspected detached retina. Dabo requested that the police press charges against Barton, and as a result, Barton was arrested and questioned by Greater Manchester Police.
He played a total of two matches for England U-21 national team, scoring once and also appeared once for the senior team (2 February 2007 in friendly against Spain).