Just three days after he walked free from Strangeways prison, the midfielder was back in the spotlight again for his training-ground assault on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo - an offence to which he has already pleaded guilty in court.
Barton, 25, was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on July 1 after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Dabo 15 months ago.
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