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Joey Barton: EFL promise to help with investigation into Fleetwood manager’s alleged assault of Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel

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South Yorkshire Police are looking into the incident which is rumoured to have taken place in the tunnel after Saturday’s match at Oakwell

The EFL will help investigate an alleged incident involving Fleetwood manager Joey Barton at Barnsley, chief executive Shaun Harvey has confirmed.

Barton is said to have confronted Reds boss Daniel Stendel in the tunnel following Saturday’s game, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the home side at Oakwell, and South Yorkshire Police are investigating.

Barton is alleged to have assaulted Barnsley boss Stendel

Barton is alleged to have assaulted Barnsley boss Stendel

Harvey told BBC Radio 5 Live: “As an off-the-field matter the tunnel is still in the domain of the referee but we will work closely with everybody to ensure it’s not a case of who deals with the matter but actually the matter is dealt with properly.

“The police investigation is ongoing so we need to leave the details for them to deal with.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are aware of something that has taken place in the tunnel after the game and we are investigating.”

Police were filmed stopping Barton from leaving Oakwell after the League One game.

Harvey added: “I was stunned when I heard. We have all heard of tunnel fracas as players have left the pitch. It’s the first instance I’ve heard, described as it has been, by those who witnessed it.

“It’s disappointing and it comes on the back of a number of challenges which have come to the surface for football to deal with.

Police could be seen stopping Barton leaving Oakwell in a car

Police could be seen stopping Barton leaving Oakwell in a car

“We need everyone who plays a part to lead by example.”

Fleetwood issued a brief statement on Sunday morning, which read: “Fleetwood Town have been made aware of an alleged incident following Saturday’s game against Barnsley.

“We are currently establishing the facts and will not make any further comment at this time.”

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