By Paul Sorene
Joey Barton might not be nicest bloke on the team, but can the Newcastle United player really be blamed for turning former Man City team-mate Jamie Tandy into a woman-beater? Of course not.
The Star issues the headline:
“JOEY BARTON TURNED ME INTO WIFE-BEATER”
The Sun echoes, more factually:
Tandy was the man who Barton used as an ashtray at a Man City Xmas party in 2004. It was a dreadful assault – Barton stuck a cigar in Tandy’s eye – and one which dogs Barton to this day. But what happened to Barton’s victim?
Tandy, playing for Droylsden in 2008
A judge was told it sent Tandy off the rails and triggered his boozing. City got rid of him after he broke a leg. He lost his home and tried twice to kill himself as he faced debts of up to £30,000.