Barton was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence on Monday for attacking Frenchman Dabo when they were team-mates at Manchester City.
"I almost lost an eye. It was a terrible day and although I was not traumatised, I wanted the trial to come round," The 31-year-old said. "He admits he behaved in a cowardly way, and he is a coward. He did not talk to me or apologise, but it did not trouble me to see him again."
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