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Bristol Rovers manager denies grabbing wife by throat, kicking her head

Former Premier League footballer Joey Barton has denied attacking his wife Georgia Barton and leaving her with a ‘golf ball-sized’ head injury.

Former Premier League footballer Joey Barton has denied attacking his wife and leaving her with a ‘golf ball-sized’ head injury.

The Bristol Rovers manager is accused of grabbing Georgia Barton’s neck and kicking her in the head after a row outside a property in Kew, south-west London.

Barton, 38, appeared via video link at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in south-west London on Monday morning to plead not guilty to assault by beating.

He wore a t-shirt and shorts during the hearing and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The prosecution said Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, and his wife, 35, had travelled to London for a short trip and went to a friends’ home for a small party on June 2.

Nahiedh Khan, prosecuting, said the pair had been discussing a family-related matter outside the home at about 11.30pm when Barton grew ‘quite angry’.

‘He grabbed the throat of Mrs Barton, and this caused her to move backwards, falling to the floor,’ the prosecution continued.

Barton then allegedly kicked her in the head ‘resulting in a half golf ball-sized bruise on the right side of her temple,’ said Ms Khan.

The court heard that Mrs Barton called police and asked for her ‘intoxicated’ husband to be removed from the property but had declined to make an official statement.

Barton denies he was violent towards his wife and told the court she had been ‘drinking heavily’ and ‘exaggerated’ the incident, which was two days before their wedding anniversary.

Barton was released on unconditional bail until his trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court starts on December 16.