Joey Barton cleared of assaulting his wife after prosecution blunder

Football manager Joey Barton has been cleared of attacking his wife after the prosecution failed to call her as a witness.The former Premier League star, 40, was accused of kicking Georgia Barton in the face, leaving her with a bloodied nose and a bump on her head in a late-night incident on June 2 last year.The Crown Prosecution Service had a 999 call from Mrs Barton, when she claimed her husband “hit me”, and bodyworn footage from police on the night of Barton’s arrest when she alleged she had been “pushed down and kicked about”.