FOOTBALL boss Joey Barton has denied assaulting a rival manager in the tunnel following a match.
The 37-year-old is accused of pushing former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel, leaving him with a damaged tooth.
The incident is alleged to have happened after Barnsley beat Barton’s Fleetwood Town 4-2 in a League One game at Oakwell Stadium on April 13.
Former England international Barton yesterday pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Barnsley magistrates’ court.
District judge Joanne Hirst told Barton the allegations were too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and sent the case for trial at Sheffield crown court.
Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, a former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Burnley midfielder, was granted unconditional bail.
He is next due to appear in court on November 6.
He smiled at photographers as he left court in a black Mercedes SUV.